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Father and son jailed for murder

A father and son who stabbed a man to death in a "cowardly and brutal attack" as he lay in bed next to his girlfriend have been jailed for life.

Gabriel Morales, 33, was knifed repeatedly following a minor row with the two men at a birthday barbecue just hours earlier.

The killers, Chilean nationals Jose Aburto-Rojas, 45, and Roberto Aburto-Rojas, 26, fled to Europe after the stabbing in Brixton, south London.

But justice caught up with the pair last year and they were extradited to face trial at the Old Bailey, where both were convicted of murder.

The men, who lived in Walworth, south London, were told they must each serve at least 20 years in prison before they may be considered for release.

In March 2008 they barged their way into Mr Morales's home, both armed with knives, as he lay in bed with his girlfriend.

Judge Martin Stephens said: "Between you, you stabbed him three fatal blows to the chest and further stab wounds to other parts of his body.

"He died alongside his girlfriend within minutes of the attack.

"What lay behind this cowardly and brutal attack is not clear. It is hard to believe that a minor incident at a birthday party earlier in the day could have provoked such extreme acts of violence."

Detective Inspector Dave Willis welcomed the verdicts and said it was a "vicious and violent murder" following a "trivial fight" earlier at the barbecue hosted by Mr Morales.

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