Birmingham & Black Country

Three men beat 'former friend' to death in Tividale

Balbir Singh
Image caption Mr Singh had regarded the three men as friends

Three men have been found guilty of manslaughter over the death of a man who was beaten over several days.

Balbir Singh, 54, a father of three grown-up children, was found dead at a flat in Tividale on 5 March.

He sustained 150 injuries after being beaten over several days by people he considered friends, police said.

Inderjit Singh Dhesi, 31, of Oldbury, Paramjit Johal, 51, of Tividale, and Paramjit Singh, 46, of Gravesend, were tried at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Dhesi of Brades Road; Johal of Baldwin Close and Singh, from Wallace Park, were found guilty of Mr Singh's manslaughter on Wednesday and will be sentenced on 14 December.

Mr Singh was "humiliated during his days of abuse" and had his beard shaved and turban removed. He was hit with various weapons, including a monkey wrench, West Midlands Police said.

'Sickening and heartless'

Naked photos were also found of him on a phone following the three-day drinking binge, a spokesman added.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Singh died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Det Sgt Mick Griffiths said the three convicted men would "no doubt spend considerable time behind bars" and he hoped the victim's family and friends would take comfort from that.

"This was an appalling and deeply distressing case. Mr Singh was so badly beaten over a long period of time that he ultimately lost his life," he said.

"People who he knew as friends or acquaintances abused his trust and degraded him in a sickening and heartless fashion.

"What led to the sustained violence has never truly been confirmed, but thankfully those responsible have finally been found guilty of this terrible crime."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites