VIDEO: CCTV shows calm killer of Cheam father as he flees Morden Ladbrokes betting shop

Wimbledon Guardian: Aarij on CCTV as he left the betting shop with blood on his face Aarij on CCTV as he left the betting shop with blood on his face

Chilling CCTV footage shows how calm and calculating killer Shafique Aarij fled after murdering a betting shop manager.

Robber Aarij killed Cheam father-of-three Andrew Iacovou during a robbery at the Morden branch of Ladbrokes in Aberconway Road on May 25.

Aarij targeted the branch knowing Mr Iacovou, 55, would be working alone. The homeless 21-year-old went in shortly before 8.30am armed with a knife and a hammer.

He tricked Mr Iacovou, of Church Hill Road, into opening the door to the secure area behind the counter and proceeded to attack him. He hit him over the head a claw hammer up to 10 times.

Mr Iacovou pressed a panic button during the attack but no-one came to his aid and he was left to die on the floor of the shop. He was found by a punter more than an hour later.

The CCTV, which does not include footage from inside the shop as it is too shocking to publish, shows how a calm-looking Aarij strides purposefully towards the shop.

The film then cuts to him leaving the shop with his face covered in blood.

Wimbledon Guardian:

Victim: Andrew Iacovou was alone in Ladbrokes on the morning of his murder

Footage captures him running to catch the number 80 bus where he sits calmly, examining things from his pockets.

He gets off in Hackbridge before being captured hopping on to the 127 bus. As he boards the bus he can be seen carrying a shoulder bag that he used to transport the murder weapon and a knife to the robbery. He leaves the bus in Tooting without the bag before heading to BFC exchange in Upper Tooting Road.

The film shows him standing at the counter looking relaxed as the cashier wires £271 of the £296 he stole to Pakistan. CCTV tracked him throughout his journey up to this point but he then disappeared from view.

He did not resurface until cameras at WHSmith in Stratford station, East London, recorded him waiting in the queue. As he waits in the queue he shows the first signs of any nerves or impatience as he tries to offer the cashier money to top up his phone credit before it is his turn in the queue.

Having topped up his phone he disappeared for three days before being spotted on a bus in Ilford and arrested.

He was found guilty of murder following a week-long trial at Southwark Crown Court last month and has been warned he could face at least 30 years behind bars when he is sentenced on January 13.

Following Mr Iacovou's murder, the Sutton Guardian and Wimbledon Guardian has launched the SafeBet campaign aimed at encouraging the betting industry to improve safety for its staff. 

To back the campaign sign our petition.

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8:09pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Tobermory says...

Its nice to see so many people including the bus company ignoring their responsibility under the data protection act and allowing cctv footage to be shown for public entertainment!
Its nice to see so many people including the bus company ignoring their responsibility under the data protection act and allowing cctv footage to be shown for public entertainment! Tobermory

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