Jose Agrela jailed after murdering man who put a roof over his head

Jose Correia Agrela

Jose Correia Agrela - Credit: REES. David. 6266

A homeless man who killed a man that gave him a place to sleep before dressing up in his clothes and walking his dog has been jailed for murder.

Scene of murder of Colin Evans by Jose Correia Agrela

Scene of murder of Colin Evans by Jose Correia Agrela - Credit: POWER.Carey.76122

Jose Agrela, 30, of no fixed address, had denied murdering Colin Evans in his home in Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, but was found guilty on April 16 following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He was sentenced at the same court today to serve a minimum of 20 years and three months imprisonment before he can be eligible for parole.

Police were called to Mr Evans’ home on September 30, 2014. He was found dead, and had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Officers quickly established Agrela and Mr Evans’ dog, Sweep, were missing and informed the council CCTV operators, who searched the city centre for him.

Colin Evans, Chelmsford murder victim

Colin Evans, Chelmsford murder victim - Credit: Archant

He was found an arrested within two hours.

Investigating officers believe he took Mr Evans by surprise as he was sitting in front of the television. He then dressed himself in his victim’s clothing and stole his ring, watch and dog.

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Agrela had maintained someone else murdered Mr Evans while he was out walking Sweep and he had panicked when he returned to the flat and found his body.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “I welcome today’s sentence, which reflects the savage nature of the attack.

“Mr Evans had invited Agrela into his home as an act of charity after he became homeless.

“It beggars belief Agrela could launch such an attack on a man who had given him a roof over his head.

“My thoughts are very much with Mr Evans’ family and friends.

“I hope today’s sentence offers some sense of justice and a level of closure for them.”