An illegal immigrant has appeared in court charged with murdering two men in a flat above a Shropshire village chip shop.
The bodies of Jaswant Singh Bajwa, aged 30, and Kulwant Singh Dodar, aged 31, who were also illegal immigrants, were discovered at the property above Mike’s Fish Bar in Shawbury, last December.
Indian-born Sukhdev Singh (26) had brutally murdered the pair before fleeing to a Sikh temple, a jury at Stafford Crown Court heard yesterday.
Sukhdev Singh, who denies murder, had been living in the flat and working in the chip shop since arriving in Shawbury in about 2004. Jaswant Singh Bajwa also lived in the flat and worked in the chip shop, and his friend, Kulwant Singh Dodar, frequently stayed overnight at the property, the court heard.
Stephen Linehan QC, prosecuting, told jurors that post-mortem examinations found both victims had suffered a number of “heavy blows” to the head, consistent with being hit with a hammer.
They were discovered at the bottom of the stairway in the three-bedroom flat on the morning of December 7 by the owners of the property, following an “agitated” call from Sukhdev Singh.
He was arrested days later on December 11 by police who found him “hiding” in a Sikh temple. When first questioned he denied the killing, telling police he found the bodies of the two men at the foot of the stairs as he left for work.
However, when later confronted with forensic evidence that the men were attacked in the upstairs part of the flat, he admitted to police that he had killed them but said he had “an explanation”.