Builder who knifed colleague to death jailed for life

16 December 2019, 20:22

Sulakhan Singh, 39, was found guilty of murdering Sukhwinder Singh
Sulakhan Singh, 39, was found guilty of murdering Sukhwinder Singh. Picture: Leicestershire Police

By Sylvia DeLuca

A man who stabbed his colleague to death whilst carrying out refurbishment work in Leicester has been jailed for life.

Sulakhan Singh, 39, of Constance Road, Leicester, became involved in an argument with his colleague Sukhwinder Singh on 2 July this year.

The pair were carrying out refurbishment work at a property on Penrith Road in Leicester when Sulakhan fatally stabbed Sukhwinder, before leaving the address on foot.

Sulakhan Singh was found guilty or murder and possession of a bladed article in a public place during a trial at Leicester Crown Court.

The former builder has been sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years.

The incident took place at a property on Penrith Road in Leicester
The incident took place at a property on Penrith Road in Leicester. Picture: Google Maps

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Yarwood said: “Sulakhan Singh must now face up to the consequences of his actions.

"Although no period of imprisonment will bring Sukhwinder back, I hope his family feel a sense of justice that he has been found guilty of murder and is now serving a life sentence.”

Sukhwinder's family expressed grief at their loss.

A statement said: “When Sukhwinder went to England, we were very happy for him.

"Even though he had moved to a new country and was working, he was making plans to return to India and visit us. That will never happen.

“The day of his funeral coincided with Rakhri – a special Sikh occasion where brothers and sisters declare their love for one another. Unfortunately, in our family this day will now forever be a reminder that Sukhwinder was taken from us.”

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