Sandeep Singh who has been charged by detectives investigating the death of three Punjabi men in east London on January 19 refused to leave his prison cell and attend his plea and trial preparation hearing on Monday morning.
Sandeep Singh, 29, who lives in Romford, east London, on January 27 was charged with conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and causing grievous bodily harm with intent and remanded in custody at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court the next day.
Judge Martyn Zeidman QC, said, “I received a note from prison that the defendant does not agree he needs to attend court and the prison marks he is fit to attend court but doesn’t agree he needs to come. If that is correct that would be a real cheek by this defendant because he does need to be here.”
Zeidman said: “This is obviously a very serious matter. This is a very sensitive case for a number of reasons not least a number of people are dead.”
The judge has set July 27 as the provisional start date for a 10-day trial for Sandeep, if a trial is needed, and March 9 for him to appear to enter his plea. “It is absolutely clear, he must be here on the next occasion as this is not suitable for a prison hearing,” he said.
Narinder Singh Lubhaya, 29, from Hoshiarpur, Malkit Singh Dhillon alias Baljinder Singh, 37, from Sultanpur Lodhi, and Harinder Kumar alias Honey, 30, from Patiala, were found dead on the road in Seven Kings. Harinder’s funeral was held on Monday in Hainault, Redbridge. His family, who flew to London for it, will carry his ashes back to India. Bodies of Narinder and Baljinder are expected to be flown to Punjab this week. The Seven Kings Gurdwara has been raising money for the three families to cover funeral costs and help them.
Gurjeet Singh charged in connection with the triple fatal stabbing in Seven Kings will appear before court in June. Gurjeet Singh, 29, was arrested following the deaths of three men in January.
He was charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place. Singh appeared for a preliminary hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, February 19.
A trial date has been set for June 29 at Snaresbrook. Singh has been remanded in custody until the date.