Case: Revenge Killing: Sukhjinder Singh
Victim
Name:
Sukhjinder Singh
Gender:
Male
Date:
2016-07-31
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Knife
Killer
Name:
Amandeep Sandhu
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Ravinder Singh-Shergil
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Visha Soba
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Kuldeep Dhillon
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Palwinder Multani
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Status: Solved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Sukhjinder Singh, 33, was killed in a revenge attack in Southall on 30 July 2016.

Mr Singh, also known as Gurinder, was ambushed by at least five masked men armed with knives, swords and baseball bats in Spikes Bridge Road.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene at around 11.12pm but he died in hospital at 6.30am the following day.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

Three men were charged with murder between 7 August and 26 November 2016: Amandeep Sandhu, 29 (1.4.87) of Townsend Road, Southall, Palwinder Multani, 35 (09.12.80) of Tudor Road, Hayes, and Ravinder Singh Shergil, 30 (18.03.86) of Colville Close, Tipton.

On 20 September 2017 Visha Soba, 30 (18.10.87) of Eighth Ave, Hayes, and Kuldeep Dhillon, 26 (03.03.92) North Road, Hayes, were charged with murder after Multani agreed to assist the prosecution.

Multani pleaded guilty to manslaughter on 10 November 2017.

Killer Kuldeep Dhillon and victim Sukhjinder Singh

The trial started at the Old Bailey on 19 March 2018. Sandhu was convicted of murder on 11 June 2018 and Soba and Dhillon were convicted of the lesser offence of manslaughter on 12 June. Shergil was convicted of murder on 13 June.

On 21 June 2018 Multani was sentenced to five years and nine months imprisonment. The following day Sandhu and Shergil were sentenced to life imprisonment with minimum terms of 26-and-a-half years and 26 years and nine months respectively and Soba and Dhillon were each sentenced to 16 years imprisonment.

The court heard the attack took place in the context of a series of confrontations between two rival groups in the Sikh community and a feud between Dhillon and Gurinder Singh.

Dhillon and the victim were former friends and housemates but had fallen out in around 2013 over allegations that Mr Singh had slept with Dhillon's wife, which she denied.

On 16 July 2016, following two previous incidents of violence, the two groups clashed at a religious festival at Victoria Park in Smethwick.

Mr Singh later boasted about assaulting Dhillon during the fight.

The rival group vowed revenge and followed the victim as he left his home in Southall in his black Vauxhall Astra to go and buy cannabis with two friends.

As they sat parked in Spikes Bridge Road, a man ran towards the car with a long knife or sword and took the keys from the ignition. The driver was then hit with a sword but not cut.

Prosecutor Alan Kent QC said: 'The real target was Gurinder Singh because he was then set upon by three or four males.

'It was brutal, it was sustained and vicious. There can be no doubt that those who were responsible for wielding the weapons intended to kill.'

Killers Amandeep Sandhu and Visha Soba (right, black top)

Mr Singh was chased, beaten and stabbed several times. He suffered 48 separate injuries, including two severed fingers.

Police recovered swords, a machete, a baseball bat and a crowbar, as well as clothing, from a storage facility in Uxbridge Road, Hayes, on 4 August 2016.

Sandhu was linked to some of the items by his DNA profile. Soba was seen entering the storage unit carrying a bag on his shoulder two days after the attack. Mobile phone records showed Soba and Sandhu were in contact on the evening of the murder and that Soba was in contact with Multani immediately after the murder.  Singh-Shergil was also in phone contact with Sandhu.

Multani admitted involvement during his police interview, saying he was paid £300 to drive a number of people to the scene of the attack.

Judge Christopher Moss QC told Dhillon: "The group acted from evidence that the victim was having an affair with your wife but she denied it at trial. It was intended by those who physically attacked him that he should be killed.

"You Mr Dhillon, your conviction of manslaughter is that you took part in the arrangement of those actions. You played your part of planning the attack, a safe house in the vicinity and the flight of the killers."

Detective Inspector James Stevenson, Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "These men used a shocking level of violence to exact their revenge on Gurinder at the culmination of a bitter feud. They planned the time and location of the attack through to the disposal of the weapons they used.

"Whilst these five men have now been convicted and face lengthy custodial sentences this is not the end to this case. There are more individuals we are seeking in connection with this brutal killing and I would urge anyone with information to come forward.

"We are determined to find the individuals who took part in the attack, we know it will not bring back Gurinder back but it will go some way in bringing a degree of comfort to his family and friends, knowing all those involved have been brought to justice."

Killers Palwinder Multani and Ravinder Singh-Shergil

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