Family speaks of devastation after death of Bexleyheath TV executive Gagandip Singh

17:15 24 February 2012

Gagandip Singh reporting for Sikh TV

Gagandip Singh reporting for Sikh TV

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Nearly a year to the day Bexleyheath TV executive Gagandip Singh’s body was found in the boot of a burning car his family spoke about their loss outside the Old Bailey as a trio were convicted for their part in his death.

Nearly a year to the day Bexleyheath TV executive Gagandip Singh’s body was found in the boot of a burning car his family spoke about their loss outside the Old Bailey as a trio were convicted for their part in his death.

Twenty-year-old medical student Mundhill Mahil, of Gladstone Place, Brighton, was convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent after an Old Bailey jury heard she had lured the businessman to her flat where he was attacked and killed by her associates.

Harvinder Shoker, 20, of Charlton Park Lane, Charlton, was found guilty of murder and Darren Peters, 20, of Shooters Hill Road, Kidbrooke, was convicted of manslaughter.

The trio will be sentenced next week and have been warned they face long sentences.

Prosecutors said 21-year-old Gagandip Singh’s killers had decided to “play God” after he allegedly tried to rape Mahil six months before he died.

The court heard the two men viciously beat Mr Singh, bundled him into the boot of a car and drove it to Blackheath, south east London, where they set it alight.

Gagandip, a successful entrepreneur and boss of Sikh TV, who lived in Langdale Crescent in Bexleyheath when his body was discovered in the burning car in Angerstein Lane, Blackheath on 26 February last year.

In a statement read out outside the Old Bailey his family said: “Words are not enough to express the great loss of our son and brother.

“On a day to day basis there is a gap in our lives and a sense of loneliness.

“Gargan was always a happy person trying to make us laugh. He was always positive and reassuring in his family and business life. The impact of the trial has been harder this week as this weekend marks the year’s anniversary of his death. It will be a difficult time for our family. It was Friday last year that he travelled to Brighton not knowing what would befall him.

“This verdict means we can now move forward but we will never get over the loss Gargan. However, for Gargan’s mother, life has ground to a halt and will never be the same again.”

In an impact statement his mother Tajinder Kaur said her heart was broken.

“ I cannot describe on an average day my life since Gagandip’s death because they have all blended into one. In the early stages I couldn’t hold a conversation without breaking down in tears and there were occasions when the police had to call an ambulance for me after I collapsed.”

Mrs Kaur said her son’s grandparents have struggled with their loss.

She added: “I suffer from heart problems which have not improved and I sometimes struggle to cope physically. Since Gagandip’s death I feel like my heart is completely broken and taken away from me is my son and a source of joy in my day. My family now consists of only me and my daughter. I always think how different our lives could be if Gagandip were still here. I grieve not only for the loss I feel personally as a mother but also for a future that now looks far different without my son in it.”

The 21-year-old entrepreneur’s sister Amandip Singh said she has slept with the light on since his death.

She said: “Gagandip was always my support and was the person I always looked to when I was upset. He helped me to understand and deal with emotions and so the night when the police came I was totally and completely lost. He was a constant source of support in my life, emotionally and practically.

Since his death I have felt utterly adrift and often incapable of coping with the grief of his death.

She said: “When I was much younger I would have trouble sleeping and didn’t like to sleep alone. Gagan was the person who reassured me and built up my confidence that I could sleep normally. Since his death I have reverted to sleeping with the light on and generally do not sleep well. Gagan’s death is a constant source of upset for me. On an average day I think of all the ways my life and me myself as a person are different.”

Miss Singh added: “Gagandip was always there to listen and make me feel confident in my own abilities. His loss has made me doubt myself and I no longer have the father figure he was. Since our father’s death Gagandip helped me to cope with his loss. We planned to always visit his grave together. I have no other siblings and the thought of visiting the grave alone makes me feel very lonely. In a way Gagandip took over our father’s role when it came to looking after me and making arrangements for my future. Deciding universities without him has been very difficult.”

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