Chilling CCTV shows a father-of-three buying a mop and a shovel after brutally killing his friend by striking him to the head with a ninja sword.
Kane Burns is seen calmly browsing the aisles of B&M in Pentwyn, Cardiff on October 10, a week after killing Mohamed Megherbi in his flat following an argument.
After picking up a mop from the store, he then travels to a nearby B&Q branch to buy paint, rollers and a shovel in a bid to clean up his grisly crime.
The 29-year-old claimed to have hit fought back in self-defence after a fight erupted between the pair when Mr Megherbi insulted Burns’ mother.
Kane Burns (shown left) has been jailed for 10-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Mohamed Megherbi (pictured right)
Burns then dumped Mr Megherbi in a shallow grave and attempted to burn the body, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Michael Jones QC said Burns made ‘every conceivable effort’ to conceal the killing, as he was jailed for 10-and-a-half years for the killing.
Prosecutors said an officer from South Wales Police was tasked with searching an area alongside the A48 in Pentwyn on November 28 last year. He found a shovel.
Officers continued to search the area and discovered a ‘raised mound of earth’.
Mr Jones said soil was removed by a rake and a light-coloured item became apparent.
He told the court: ‘It looked like the lower bones of a human leg.’
The area was cordoned off and the remains were taken for forensic examination.
The court heard the victim’s family were ‘distressed’ they could not take his remains back to Algeria, as forensic investigation was ongoing.
The 29-year-old claimed to have struck his victim with this sword (pictured) in self-defence after a fight erupted between the pair when Mr Megherbi insulted Burns’ mother
Burns is seen calmly browsing the aisles of B&M in Pentwyn, Cardiff on October 10, a week after killing Mohamed Megherbi in his flat following an argument
Prosecutors said the body was ‘mostly skeletonised’ and the skull was blackened on the top around a fracture.
The court heard Burns also bought lighter fluid, petrol and matches in the days following the killing.
Mr Jones suggested the steps taken by the defendant to conceal the body were ‘extreme’.
Mr Justice Clive Lewis said his attempts to dispose of evidence indicated that his culpability was high.
He said: ‘An argument broke out between you and a struggled ensued lasting three minutes before you killed him.
‘You struck Mr Megherbi a single blow to the skull with a weapon – a sword. It was described as a ninja sword.’
Burns, from Pennsylvania in Llanedeyrn, denied murder, but admitted the alternative count of manslaughter.
He was jailed for 10-and-a-half years and must serve up to half in prison before being released on licence.
After picking up a mop from the B&M store, he then travels to a nearby B&Q branch to buy paint, rollers and a shovel (pictured) in a bid to clean up his grisly crime