MUR­DER PROBE LAUNCHED AS AT­TACK VIC­TIM DIES

DEVASTATED FAM­ILY’S PLEA FOR PEACE AS PO­LICE LAUNCH MUR­DER IN­VES­TI­GA­TION

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by KATHER­INE CLE­MEN­TINE kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twitter: @KC_Journo

CRIMESTOP­PERS is of­fer­ing a £10,000 re­ward to help solve the mur­der of a man vi­ciously beaten in Hayes, so his fam­ily can gain ‘peace’ over his dev­as­tat­ing death – months af­ter the at­tack.

The in­de­pen­dent crime char­ity is of­fer­ing up to £10,000 for in­for­ma­tion that leads to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the mur­der of Sat­nam Singh.

Sat­nam, 45, was at­tacked in Atlee Road, near the junc­tion with Ayles Road, on Mon­day, March 6, at around 10pm.

He was walking with a friend when a male, who was speak­ing on a mo­bile phone, started fol­low­ing the pair, ac­cord­ing to a wit­ness.

A sil­ver car then drove up Ayles Road and a man, de­scribed as be­ing white, got out and at­tacked Sat­nam and his friend with a base­ball bat - be­fore flee­ing the scene in the car.

Sat­nam was taken to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment but his con­di­tion has de­te­ri­o­rated and on Tues­day last week, (May 23) he died from his in­juries.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Jon Mea­ger, from the Homi­cide and Ma­jor Crime Com­mand, who is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “Sadly what was be­ing treated as an at­tempted mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion is now a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Sat­nam was vi­ciously at­tacked nearly three months ago and had re­mained in hos­pi­tal with his fam­ily hardly leav­ing his side.

“His loved ones have been left com­pletely devastated by his death.

“While there is no ev­i­dence at this time to sug­gest a racial mo­ti­va­tion, of­fi­cers re­tain an open mind as to the rea­son for the at­tack.

“I am con­vinced that the an­swer lies within the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The re­ward is ap­pli­ca­ble only for in­for­ma­tion passed di­rectly to Crimestop­pers rather than the po­lice.

Sat­nam’s un­cle, Jas­binder Singh Siekham, spoke of his fam­ily’s grief: “Sat­nam was my nephew, he was also my friend.

“Sat­nam’s wife sim­ply can­not un­der­stand what’s hap­pened and I’m strug­gling to com­fort her.

“The whole fam­ily is devastated by this ter­ri­ble at­tack. We all need to un­der­stand why this has hap­pened and who has done it. We need to find peace.”

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion took place on May 25 at Uxbridge Mortu- ary. It gave the cause of death as bronchial pneu­mo­nia and a head in­jury.

Sat­nam’s friend, a 28-year-old man, was not se­ri­ously in­jured.

There have so far been no ar­rests, but po­lice en­quires con­tinue.

DI Mea­ger added: “Sat­nam had been walking along Atlee Road with his friend prior to the at­tack - were you in the area?

“Did you wit­ness any altercation or dis­pute be­tween the pair and the man who a wit­ness saw fol­low­ing them?

“A sub­stan­tial re­ward is be­ing of­fered for in­for­ma­tion that leads to a con­vic­tion of those re­spon­si­ble and I would urge any­one who knows who is re­spon­si­ble to con­tact po­lice or Crimestop­pers.”

Sat­nam Singh

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