Killer gets 16 years for Singh murder

AN ALBANIAN man has been jailed following the murder of Kalvinder Singh in Manchester in April 2004.

Emirjan Hysaj, 34, was extradited from Italy under a European arrest warrant in February 2009.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday 11 February 2010 and will serve a minimum of 16 years before he will be considered for parole .

He received seven years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm with intent and 12 months for violent disorder to run concurrently.

Kalvinder, known as Bob, was viciously beaten by a group of men at a takeaway in Cheetham Hill in the early hours of 10 April 2004. He was taken to hospital where he died 16 days later, in the early hours of Monday 26 April 2004.

On Friday 11 November 2005, Marjan Semaj, 26, nicknamed Cimi, was sentenced to life imprisonment for Bob’s murder.

After Semaj was sentenced, officers launched an investigation to trace three other men believed to be involved in the murder. One of these men was Hysaj. The investigation was handled by GMP’s Cold Case Review Unit.

In February 2009 Emirjan Hysaj was arrested in Milan by Italian police acting on behalf of Greater Manchester Police. He was escorted back to the UK by GMP’s High Risk Escort Team on 29 April 2009.

Martin Bottomley, head of GMP’s Cold Case Review Unit, who investigated Bob’s murder in 2004 and has continued to work to trace his killers, said: “This vicious attack took a devoted family man away from his wife and children.

“The men responsible for this continued to hit Bob as he lay defenceless on the ground, showing a blatant disregard for his life.

“I know his family still miss him dearly and only hope they can take some comfort in knowing another one of his attackers is now behind bars, where he belongs.”

Singh’s daughter, Tina, who is now 15, said; “My dad was a kind, caring and funny man.

“He was a brilliant dad, loving husband, a kind brother, a wonderful son and a best friend to all who knew him.

“I want to thank Greater Manchester Police for bringing him justice.

“Even though he is not alive, his memory lives on through all of the people whose lives he touched.”

On Friday 9 April 2004 Singh had been enjoying a night out in Manchester with friends.

At 2.30am, having decided to get some food on the way home, Bob and his friends went into the Burning Balti takeaway restaurant on Cheetham Hill Road. They noticed a number of other people already inside the restaurant, including two men.

One of the men began shouting at one of Bob’s friends in a foreign language, believed to have been Albanian.

Two of Bob’s friends, Wayne Sykes and Roy White tried to calm the man down but ended up outside where a scuffle broke out.

Roy and another of the friends, Jaswant Singh, chased the man before walking back towards the takeaway.

On the way back they noticed a car with four men inside. Fearing it was the men from the takeaway, they ran home.

A short time later, a group of five men, all armed with sticks and pieces of wood, returned to the restaurant. One man was recognised as having been involved in the scuffle earlier.

They attacked Bob, a completely innocent bystander, along with Andrew Smith and Wayne Sykes. As Bob lay on the floor they hit him repeatedly with a piece of wood and stamped on his head.

Singh was taken by ambulance to North Manchester General Hospital suffering from head injuries, and a fractured skull and cheekbones. He was later transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Hope Hospital where he died on Monday 26 April 2004.

Sykes was also taken to the North Manchester General Hospital after suffering a fractured skull. He is now permanently deaf in his right ear. Smith was treated for superficial injuries.

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