Promenade killer caged
PUBLISHED: 18:38 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:04 23 August 2010
A 33-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for a brutal murder he committed in broad daylight five years ago. Guljinder Singh Gurewal, of no fixed address, was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 13 years at Maidstone Crown Court
A 33-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for a brutal murder he committed in broad daylight five years ago.
Guljinder Singh Gurewal, of no fixed address, was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 13 years at Maidstone Crown Court last Friday for his part in the murder of Kamaljit Kalon.
Mr Kalon, 31, known as Bobby, from Sidcup, was stabbed to death on a warm summer's day in Gordon Promenade, Gravesend, on July 10, 2003.
Witnesses to the killing said that Kalon had met Singh and another man thought to be his cousin Baljinder 'Jindi' Kooner, who is currently wanted by police in relation to the murder, and an argument broke out between them.
They had met to discuss problems which had developed between Kalon and Kooner's sister Bhupinder Lehal, of Edwin Street, Gravesend, whom he had been persistently bothering, a court heard. It also heard how Kalon was seen to throw a punch at Singh and then pull out a knife.
Witnesses saw the three men struggle for a while until eventually the third man restrained Kalon while Gurewal sat astride him and stabbed him repeatedly. Prosecutor John Price said: "Members of the public said a large man wearing a red t-shirt sat astride Bobby Kalon wielding a knife to inflict multiple injuries on him."
Kalon suffered from 15 stab wounds on the face and neck and nine on his trunk as well as a number of injuries on his arms as he attempted to parry the blows. He was taken by Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, but died one hour later.
Delivering the sentence Judge Andrew Patience said: "It's clear to me that the meeting that took place on that night between you and the man Jindi and the deceased was one which anticipated the use of violence.
"What you then proceeded to do was utterly wicked. Once you had the knife in your possession there is no doubt in my mind that you intended to kill the deceased."
The court heard how, leading up to the killing, Mr Kalon's behaviour had become increasingly aggressive and two days prior to the murder Mrs Lehal had called the police claiming he had assaulted her.
Speaking outside court Kalon's widow, Ravinder said: "To me it is not enough. He should have a life sentence. My husband was a kind, caring, loving man. I never knew he would be taken away from me so quickly.