An Indian immigrant armed himself with a knife after men threatened him with an “outstanding debt” in an attack in which three men lost their lives, a court heard today.
Gurjeet Singh, 29, was arrested after a “vicious fight” in which three men, 29, 30 and 38 years old, were killed in Seven Kings, Ilford on January 19th.
Singh was accused of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place after the death of Harinder Kumar, Narinder Singh and Baljit Singh.
Police have not confirmed whether Singh will face further charges.
Singh did not file an appeal at today’s hearing at the Redbridge Magistrates Court and was imprisoned in Pentonville prison.
Harinder Kumar (far left), Narinder Singh (middle left) and Baljit Singh, (right) were stabbed to death and found slumped near the Seven Kings of Ilford station around 7.30pm on Sunday
Prosecutor Jagjeet Saund said: “The circumstances of this incident are that he found himself going down the stairs and two boys were waiting for him.
‘When there was a fight, he ran up the stairs again. He was chased and two other males were waiting for him at the top of the stairs.
“It was actually boxed. What happened next was a vicious fight involving weapons.
“What is clear is that three people died from it.”
Saund said Singh, who lives in Dagenham, is an Indian citizen and an overseer, who was notified of leaving in May 2015.
On Monday, police officers in forensic clothes search for a park near the scene in East London
He said: ‘It is not clear when he entered the UK, but he was issued with a student visa with an expiration date of November 2013.
‘In 2015 he filed an unsuccessful application to stay in the UK under human rights law.
‘From now on, he has not been granted any right to remain in the UK.
‘In connection with the interference with the obstruction of the course of justice, four people were involved in the struggle.
‘A person is still exceptional.
“It is believed that this incident may have revolved around an outstanding debt owed by Mr. Singh to a number of people.”
Magistrate Gillian Seabright said to Singh: ‘We are sending you to the Crown Court trial. That is Snaresbrook Crown Court and it is for the crime of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
‘Your first participation is in Snaresbrook for a trial and trial preparation hearing on February 19, 2020.
“You must be in court at 9.30 on that day.”
The court learned that at least one other person was still involved in the alteration which saw three people die.
Singh, who appeared in court with gray sports trousers and jogging sweatshirt and medium-length goatee, also had bandages wrapped around his index and middle fingers on his left hand and wrist.
He remained silent throughout the ten-minute hearing and spoke only to confirm his name, age and address, nodding everywhere listening to the Punjabi interpreter.
On Monday morning, in the area of the seven kings of Ilford, in East London, a forensic tent is seen
A graph shows where the accident occurred in the area of the seven kings of Ilford in East London
One of the victims – who were said to be all builders – was stabbed in the neck, shoulders and chest, while another had been hit in the head with a hammer.
Narbal’s brother Jasbal Singh said on Monday that he rushed to the scene the day before shortly after 19.30 and pleaded with his dying brother to “wake up”.
“I went there and saw him lying there,” he added. ‘There was blood everywhere. I shouted “wake up, wake up” but it didn’t go well. I had lost it. “
Singh added that Kumar had been a close friend and roommate, adding: “I have lost not only my brother but a best friend I have lived with.”
Investigators said they were keeping an open mind on the motive for the killings and are not trying to make further arrests for murder.
Chief Investigator Inspector Paul Considine of Scotland Yard said: “We now believe that everyone involved was known to each other and to the Sikh and Hindu community.”
Police said anyone with information should contact the accident room on 020 8345 3865 or anonymously call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
|#||FIRST NAME||AGE||DATE||ACCIDENT TIME||STREET||POSITION|
|1||William Algar||53||January 3||04:57||Nowell Road||Barnes|
|2||Takieddine Boudhane||30||January 3||06:50||Charteris Road||Finsbury Park|
|3||Krasimir Kartikov||60||January 13||08:50||Whitehorse Road||Croydon|
|4||Harinder Kumar||22||January 19||07:38||Elmstead Road||Seven Kings|
|5||Narinder Singh||26||January 19||07:38||Elmstead Road||Seven Kings|
|6||Baljit Singh||34||January 19||07:38||Elmstead Road||Seven Kings|
- William Algar, 53, January-03, Barnes
- Takieddine Boudhane, 30, Jan-03, Finsbury Park
- Krasimir Kartikov, 60, 13 January, Croydon
- Harinder Kumar, January 22-19, Seven Kings
- Narinder Singh, January 26-19, Seven Kings
- Baljit Singh, 34, Jan-19, Seven Kings