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Man guilty of 2003 Gravesend murder

PUBLISHED: 12:48 21 January 2011

Baljinder Singh Kooner

Baljinder Singh Kooner

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A 35-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years after he was found guilty of murdering a married dock worker.

Murder victim Kamaljit Kalon

Kamaljit Kalon, also known as Bobby, from Sidcup, was stabbed to death on Gordon Promenade in Gravesend on July 10 2003.

Today (Friday) at the Old Bailey, Baljinder Singh Kooner was convicted of murdering Mr Kalon, who died from multiple stab wounds.

The court heard Kooner and his cousin Guljinder Singh Gurewal, who was also convicted of the murder in 2008, met the victim during an armed “showdown” on the Promenade after Mr Kalon had punched Kooner’s sister leaving her needing hospital treatment.

CCTV captured a fight breaking out just after 8pm as horrified passers-by looked on. During the trial the court heard witnesses describe Kooner as the man who held Bobby down whilst a second man stabbed him.

A post mortem found he had multiple stab wounds, with a wound to the neck causing the fatal injury. He was also found to have bite marks to his right arm. DNA taken from the bite marks was found to be that of Baljinder Kooner.

Bobby left behind his wife Ravinder, whom he had been married for two years, and her three children.

Detective Inspector Ian Rogerson from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “Our thoughts remain with Ravinder and her family and we hope that today’s verdict brings some closure to the terrible events in 2003.

“Kent Police has remained dedicated to bringing both offenders for this terrible crime before the courts and we are pleased that the jury has returned a guilty verdict.’

Witness statements read in court stated that two bare chested, blood stained men had been seen to flee the area shortly after the fight - and managed to leave the country.

Police quickly identified Gurewal and Kooner and suspects. Gurewal was arrested in 2007 as he tried to smuggle himself back into the UK and was sentenced to life imprisonment after pleading guilty. Kooner was arrested in France September 2009.

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