Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a father and son who absconded mid-way through their trial.
49-year-old Bhadresh Shah (pictured, right) and his son Abhishek Shah (left), 25, of Wembley, were on trial for money laundering offences at Southwark Crown Court.
They attended the first week of the trial but absconded while on bail on Friday, 21 April. A warrant has been issued for their arrest.
The pair were found guilty and sentenced in their absence on Thursday, 25 May. Bhadresh Shah was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to transfer criminal property and possession of Class B drugs (mephedrone and ketamine) with intent to supply. Abhishek Shah was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment for one count conspiracy to transfer criminal property.
Bhadresh Shah is described as Asian, about 5ft 10ins, of heavy build, with dark hair, brown eyes, glasses and a thin moustache. Abhishek Shah is described as Asian, about 6ft, of large build, with dark hair, brown eyes and glasses.
The two have links to Wembley and India. They were on trial alongside three co-defendants. Bhadresh’s wife Falguni Shah, 46, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to transfer criminal property.
Dipakumar Doshi, 57, and Dinesh Thakoraka-Parmar, 35, both from Wembley, were sentenced to five years’ imprisonment each for one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to transfer criminal property.