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Elderly Sikh stabs compatriot with kirpan in UK

A 60-year-old British Sikh man has allegedly stabbed a compatriot, who was reportedly drunk, on the streets of north-east London with his kirpan. Bagicha Singh is accused of attacking Pritpal Singh, 30, repeatedly with his ceremonial dagger during an altercation near Ilford.

punjab Updated: Mar 06, 2014 21:39 IST

A 60-year-old British Sikh man has allegedly stabbed a compatriot, who was reportedly drunk, on the streets of north-east London with his kirpan.


Bagicha Singh is accused of attacking Pritpal Singh, 30, repeatedly with his ceremonial dagger during an altercation near Ilford.

Jurors at Snaresbrook Crown Court were on Wednesday told how Pritpal had been drinking when Bagicha became angry after hitting his leg on a metal pole, according to 'Ilford Recorder'.

After shouting at the pole, Bagicha was taken away by his friends before allegedly stating that he would "hit the next person that gets in his way".

Pritpal then attacked the elderly defendant, who in turn then allegedly began stabbing him.

Bagicha claimed he acted in self-defence, because he was being attacked by Pritpal.

The accused denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and a count of unlawful and malicious wounding.

A witness, Shahzad Hussain, told the court: "He (Bagicha Singh) was slashing it (the knife) from left to right and as they got closer he tried to stab it into him.

"Pritpal dropped to the floor and was still getting stabbed at and that is when we got involved to pull them apart. As we tried to get Pritpal away the man came back and then stabbed him again in the back."

It was only when the group walked away from the scene that Pritpal realised he had been stabbed. He was then rushed to a hospital. The trial is going on in London.