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Man convicted of killing British Sikh taxi driver after dispute over fare

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | June 25, 2023 08:23 PM

LONDON: A 36-year-old man has been found guilty of manslaughter after he assaulted and killed a Sikh taxi driver following an argument over ride fare last year in central England.

Tomasz Margol subjected 59-year-old Anakh Singh to a "sickening assault", including headbutting, punching and kicking, leading to his death on the spot on October 30, 2022 at Nine Elms Lane, Wolverhampton Police said.

Medics who had rushed to the accident site said 'nothing could be done' to save him.

Margol of Bamford Road was convicted at Wolverhampton Crown Court on June 21 and will be sentenced on July 11.

Singh had picked up Margol in his taxi before the two got into an argument over the method of payment for the journey. This escalated to Margol subjecting Singh to a sickening assault including headbutting, punching and kicking him while he was on the floor, according to the Wolverhampton Police.

Having carried out CCTV inquiries, officers identified Margol and arrested him at an address a few miles away later that day, and charged him with murder.

When he was arrested, he made a comment, telling officers: "Its about what happened today... about the beating."

"This was a senseless and tragic act of violence. Mr Singh was a law-abiding man of good character who was simply trying to do his job. Our thoughts remain with Mr Singh's family at this difficult time, " Detective Inspector Michelle Thurgood said.

Singh was a private hire driver working for ABC Cars and was a sole bread earner in the family. “Anakh Singh was a loving husband, father and a well-respected member of the community. This loss has left us heartbroken and has forever changed our lives. We miss him dearly, " Singh's family said.

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