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Sussex medical student charged with murder

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ByThe Badger

Mar 4, 2011

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The boyd of Gagandip Singh was found in a burning vehicle in London

A medical student from Brighton has been charged with murder alongside another teenager, Harvinder Singh Shoker.

Mundill Kaur Mahil, of Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent and Shoker, from Charlton Park Lane, Charlton, both 19 years old, appeared in Greenwich Magistrates’ Court on Monday 28 February for the murder of Gagandip Singh, 21, from Bexleyheath, south London.

Mr Singh’s body was found in a burning vehicle in south east London on Saturday 26 February.

The Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “At around 2am on Saturday officers on patrol came across a vehicle on fire in Angerstein Lane, Blackheath.

“The fire brigade attended and extinguished the fire and subsequently the body of a man was found in the boot of the car.”

Mr Singh had sustained severe head injuries. Police believe that Singh may have been battered to death in Brighton, and his body taken by car to London afterwards.

A third person, Darren Peters, 19, from Shooters Hill Road, south east London was also in custody, arrested on suspicion of murder at a south London police station on Tuesday 1 March.

The 19-year old male was charged and appeared in custody at Greenwich Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 2 March.

District Judge Fiona Barrie remanded Mahil and Shoker in custody. They will appear for a plea and case management hearing (PCMH) on 6 June at the Old Bailey.

A spokesperson for the University of Brighton confirmed that Mundill Kaur Mahil is a medical student at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) at Falmer, Brighton: “She is a Year 2 student on the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery programme, which spans five years.”

The chief executive of Sikh TV, a new satellite television station, Mr Singh was also managing director of a recruitment firm and president of the British Sikh Student Federation.

A family friend, who wished to remain unnamed, spoke of Mr Singh as “a leader of the community and a politician in the making. He was an incredibly influential young man.

“The company employed more than 200 people and he would always say to me when he was recruiting about how happy that made him.”

Scotland Yard Police are asking for anyone with any information to call the incident room on 020 8721 4805 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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