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#Savage: Sikh man in horror attack on daughter-in-law accusing her of 'sleeping with a Paki'

Jageer Mirgind

A British-Sikh man has admitted to carrying out a sickening attack on his daughter-in-law after suspecting she was having an affair with a Muslim man.

Jageer Mirgind was left blind and scarred for life in the horrific attack at the hands of Manjit Mirgind, 51, as her two young children watched at their home in East London.

Manjit had wrongly believed that Jageer was having an affair with a Pakistani man and had accused her of 'sleeping with a Paki' and "ruining the entire family", Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

Jageer was savagely punched and kicked by the powerfully-built Manjit who then proceeded to stab her in the eyes and hands.

He later handed himself to police.

Manjit had reportedly become suspicious after Jageer became the victim of a prank caller.

 

Judge Nigel Peters QC said: "You have accepted that you have caused the most serious injuries to your daughter in law.

You set about her having taken umbrage because you felt she was having affairs when it turned out she had been receiving prank calls.

"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.  She has since lost a lot of sight in both eyes and there is major scarring to her face.

Manjit was jailed for ten years on Tuesday after admitting to causing grievous bodily harm.  He had initially been charged with attempted murder.

The court also heard that Jageer's children - aged six and three - have also been left scarred for life and are said to be having difficulty sleeping alone while their parent's marriage has also broken down.

The court heard that Manjit was a leading member of the Sikh community in East London.

His lawyer read a statement on his behalf, saying: "I am a hard-working family man who left his job to care for his ill mother seven years ago.  I was stressed out at the time and nothing can excuse what I did.  I was trying to protect her - I am a peaceful and honest man and I know I will not have the chance to apologise but I do look to the court to say how sorry I am."

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