Balbir Singh’s killers jailed for 39 years

14/12/2012

Three men have today been sentenced to a total of 39 years for their part in the murder of Balbir Singh who was found dead in a house in Tvidale, West Midlands in March 2012.

Paramjit Singh, aged 46, Parmajit Singh Johal, 51 and his nephew, Inderjit Singh Deshi, 31, had all been found guilty of Mr Singh's manslaughter at an earlier hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Balbir Singh was beaten to death over the course of the weekend in March 2012 at a house in Tividale. When his body was found, it had sustained over 150 injuries. 

"Not content with assaulting him, the three defendants then proceeded to degrade him. The victim was an observant Sikh and he kept his hair uncut and wore a turban. The three men first cut his hair and beard, and then they continued with the humiliation by stripping him naked and photographing him. 

"This was a difficult case to prosecute as Paramjit Singh Johal, Paramjit Singh and Inderjit Singh Dhesi were all present at the address during that weekend, but each blamed the other for what happened to Balbir. Only Johal gave evidence in his defence at his trial, however, the jury rejected his version of events and convicted all three men of the manslaughter of Balbir. 

"All of them played a part in assaulting him, and although we could not prove that they intended to kill him or to do him really serious harm, the cumulative effect of his injuries resulted in the victim's death.

"On behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service I take this opportunity to offer our condolences to Balbir Singh's family."

Paramjit Singh, Paramjit Singh Johal and Inderjit Singh Dhesi were each sentenced to 13 years.