Illegal Indian immigrant guilty of double manslaughter

October 25th, 2008 - 2:36 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 25 (IANS) An illegal Indian immigrant has been charged with manslaughter of two fellow countrymen in Shropshire in Britain, media reports said Saturday.Sukhdev Singh, from Punjab, is now awaiting sentence for bludgeoning to death with a hammer two fish-and-chips shop workers, Jaswant Singh Bajwa and Kulwant Singh Dodar, Dec 7 last year.

He told the court that the two had sexually abused him in his flat above the chip shop he worked in. On one occasion, the victims had knocked him unconscious, he said. The jury cleared him of murder, but found him guilty of manslaughter.

The bodies of his victims were found on the stairway leading to the flat. He was arrested Dec 11 last year by the police who found him hiding in a Sikh temple in Smethwick near Birmingham.

He admitted to the court that he had been smuggled into the country in 2004 after his family in India paid agents 6,500 pounds ($10,343) to fund his journey to Britain, according to Birmingham Post.

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