Oct 30 2012 By Rupert Basham
Mohammed Khaleel, who was jailed for life for stabbing stabbing 67-year-old Michael Zubrot in the neck in Perivale.
A DOUBLE murderer from Ealing who was jailed for at least 33 years for stabbing a homosexual pensioner to death has had his jail term slashed by the country's top judge.
Mohamed Khaleel, killed 67-year-old Michael Zubrot at the victim's home in Perivale, in August 2010.
The two men were filmed on CCTV as they took a 297 bus from Ealing Broadway - which stopped close to Mr Zubrot’s flat in Buckingham Avenue.
After murdering his victim Khaleel returned to his hostel, where security cameras showed him changing clothes and putting on laundry.
Nine days later, the decomposing body of Mr Zubrot was found in his home.
Seven years prior to this he killed his friend David Sheehan by stabbing him more than 50 times and cutting his throat before leaving him at his home in Boston Road, Hanwell.
Khaleel, of Corfton Road, was given eight years for the manslaughter of Mr Sheehan and was on licence in the community following his release when he murdered Mr Zubrot.
After his conviction at the Old Bailey last December, Judge Peter Thornton QC ordered Khaleel spend at least 33 years behind bars.
But on Wednesday, October 17, this term was overturned at the Court of Appeal, allowing the killer the chance of parole after only 28 years.
Although the previous killing was an aggravating factor, Lord Chief Justice, Lord Igor Judge, felt the 33-year term was excessive.
He said the sentencing judge found there was not enough evidence to conclude that the killing was planned or premeditated, so these mitigating factors should have reduced the term.
Lord Judge, said: "Setting this consideration against all remaining features of this particular offence, the minimum period of 33 years was too long and should be replaced."
Khaleel will only be freed if the Parole Board is satisfied he is no longer a risk after serving his term.