The murder was an outcome of a rivalry between the victim and a group of men in the Southall-based British Sikh community
The Hus Post: The Old Bailey court in London has sentenced four Indian-origin gang members for over 90 years in prison after finding them guilty of hacking a British Sikh man to death as revenge for sleeping with the wife of one of the attackers.
The convicted men include a 31-year-old Amandeep Sandhu, a 32-year-old Ravinder Singh-Shergil, both have been convicted of the brutal murder of one Sukhjinder Singh alias Gurinder Singh (32) in July 2016. Another accused in the case, a 32-year-old Vishal Soba, was discharged from the murder charge, but held guilty of manslaughter and aiding an offender. A 26-year-old Kuldeep Dhillon was also discharged of the murder charge by the jury but held guilty of manslaughter and intimidation, a report said.
“The nature of weapons used and ferocity of the attack, it is obvious you intended to kill,” said Judge Christopher Moss, after a trial heard how the masked gang members chopped off the victim’s fingers with knives and swords and went on to attack him with a wooden club and a hammer in Southall, west London, in July 2016.
Amandeep Sandhu was sentenced to a jail term for 26-and-a-half years for the murder and also sentenced to five years for assisting an offender, both sentences will run concurrently, and Ravinder Singh-Shergil was sentenced to 26 years and nine months of imprisonment for murder at a hearing recently, the report said.
Accused Vishal Soba was sentenced to a jail term for 16 years after being held guilty of manslaughter and was also sentenced to five years for assisting an offender. Kuldeep Dhillon was also jailed for 16 years for manslaughter and was also sentenced to three years for witness intimidation, to run concurrently, it was reported.
A fifth accused in this case, Palwinder Multani (36), was sentenced to five years and nine months after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and becoming the key witness for the prosecution in the case, the report said.
“I hope these sentences bring some comfort to Gurinder’s family and friends, following his untimely death. These men used an appalling level of violence to execute their revenge on Gurinder, following a bitter feud,” the judge said.
“The attack was meticulously planned; right down to the time, location and the disposal of the weapons,” Detective Inspector James Stevenson, from Scotland Yard’s Homicide and Major Crime Command was quoted in the report.
“While we now have five men behind bars, there are still more individuals we would like to speak to in regards to this killing, and I would like to reiterate my appeal for anyone with information to come forward,” Stevenson was further quoted.
Earlier, the court heard how the four gang members used a multitude of weapons that included knives, swords and baseball bats to attack the victim. It emerged during the trial that as far back as August 2013, there was a rivalry that existed between the victim and a group of men within the local Southall-based British Sikh community, the report said.
The rivalry escalated in July 2016 when Gurinder had been boasting about an assault he had committed on Dhillon at a religious festival in Birmingham. Dhillon also wanted revenge as he also found out that Gurinder had been sleeping with his wife, it was reported.
On July 30, 2016, Gurinder was ambushed and violently attacked on Spikes Bridge Road in Southall by a group of men with multiple weapons. The men chased, beat up and stabbed Singh a number of times. Police were called and Gurinder was found suffering from a number of stab injuries, the report said.
He was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries next morning. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds, it was reported.