Sikh jailed for attack on daughter-in-law
MAJIT Singh Mirgind, a Sikh living in east London, attempted to gouge out his daughter-in-law’s eyes because he believed she was having an affair with a Muslim.
Mirgind, 51, has been jailed for nearly 11 years after he slashed the wrists of Jageer Mirgind at her home in Ilford before stabbing at her eyes while screaming:
I am going to kill you.
According to this report, Mrs Mirgind’s children, who were just three and six years old, witnessed the horrific attack and begged their grandfather to stop.
The victim has been left partially-sighted in both eyes, while her children are suffering from recurring nightmares, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.
The court heard that the attack, which took place last December, came about as the result of a misunderstanding which led to the Mirgind believing his daughter-in-law was having an affair.
Judge Nigel Peters QC told Mirgind that although the indictment had only one name on it, the attack had actually claimed three victims. He said:
You have accepted that you have caused the most serious injuries to your daughter-in-law. The attack was manic and horrific. You set out with great hostility and vengeance – you punched her, forced to the ground and kicked her and took knives to her face and wrist to gouge her eyes.
What was so distressing was that her children, your grandchildren, witnessed it from start to finish and pleaded with you to stop – but you did not stop. The effect on those children is a major factor in this case as they have been deprived of their mother in a normal state and had to witness those horrific scenes.
Father-of-four Mirgind stared at the floor as he was jailed for ten years and eight months.
The court heard Mirgind had been a leading member of the Sikh community and often drove young worshippers to the temple.
He had initially been charged with attempted murder but prosecutors later accepted a plea of causing grievous bodily harm with intent in order to avoid having to go to trial.
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