Leicester man pleads guilty to manslaughter for Highfields stabbing

02/03/2012

A Leicester man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter following a stabbing in the Highfields area of the city.

Amitpreet Singh, who had been charged with murder, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by provocation at a plea and case management hearing at Leicester Crown Court on 29 February.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Diana Cottrell, the lawyer responsible for the case said: "Harinderjit Singh died from a stab wound to the neck, which he sustained during a fight with Amitpreet Singh.

"Amitpreet Singh pleaded guilty to manslaughter by provocation at a hearing at Leicester Crown Court. The CPS considered the plea carefully and concluded that this was the most appropriate outcome, given the circumstances of Mr Singhs death. The plea was accepted and the court passed sentence on the basis of the facts in the case.

"Our thoughts are with Harinderjit Singhs family at this difficult time. We have been in contact with them, to ensure they were involved in the decision to accept the plea to manslaughter by provocation and to explain the legal processes behind the conviction."