A man has been convicted of manslaughter following a fatal stabbing in Southall.
Gurjeet Singh Lall, 36 , of Vine Cottages, St Mary’s Avenue South, Southall attacked 69-year-old Allan Isichei after the pair became involved in a brief verbal row over Lall’s spitting in the street.
On Monday, 26 October, Lall was found guilty of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
Allan was a larger than life character who was well-loved by his family, including several grandchildren, and was well-known and respected in his local community having lived in Southall for many years.
He had worked as a builder and later as a director in a building firm, and was an influential member of the Wasps rugby team for many years, as a player in the 70s and 80s and then later on as a coach. Allan was also an experienced saxophonist who was part of a jazz group that played in many venues across London.
Allan arrived at The Plough pub in Tentelow Lane just before 18:00hrs on Saturday, 24 August 2019, where he enjoyed a beer and read his tablet in the beer garden. Allan was a regular customer to the pub, which was just a short walk from his home.
Allan typically only had one drink and so left at around 18:30hrs.
Moments later he encountered Gurjeet Singh Lall as he walked home towards his home on St Mary’s Avenue South. Lall was leaning against a wall and the pair fell into a brief verbal disagreement over Lall’s spitting in the street. Words were exchanged and as Allan walked away, Lall spat on the ground again, at which point Allan turned and placed his tablet on the roof of a nearby car.
As further words were exchanged, Lall produced a knife and used it to stab Allan several times in a struggle in which Allan managed to disarm him.
Allan, apparently not realising how badly he was injured, got up and walked down the street before stopping. He then staggered to a neighbour’s address and rang the doorbell, pleading for help.
Police and paramedics were called immediately and arrived minutes later. Allan was treated at the scene before being placed into an ambulance that was forced to stop shortly after it left the scene of the incident as his condition deteriorated.
Paramedics battled to save his life, but despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead at 19:56hrs that evening.
Police traced Lall to his home address after following a blood trail from injuries he sustained in the incident. He was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder before it was known that Allan had passed away. He was then arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody.
A post-mortem examination conducted on 25 August 2019 found Allan had suffered multiple knife injuries. A cause of death was given as an incised wound to the abdomen.
Lall was released from hospital on 29 August into police custody. During interview he claimed in a prepared statement that he had been acting in self-defence. He was later charged with murder.
Following a review of Lall’s mental health, he was deemed fit to stand trial and he was subsequently convicted of manslaughter.
Sentencing will be held at the same court on Monday, 14 December.
In a statement, Allan’s family said:
“We have suffered from the tragic loss of our father, who was kind, generous and inspirational man to many. To see him described by his assailant as an aggressor just isn’t who he was. He spent his time putting others before himself and the graphic camera footage shown in court clearly shows he was the victim of someone who chose to carry a knife.
“Why was a person with a history of carrying knives, who was only arrested while carrying one in January 2019, allowed to be back out on the streets unsupervised to carry out this senseless killing.
“As always the voice of the victim is not heard, we can no longer ask him as he has been cruelly taken away from us. A pain we feel every day.
Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson of the Met’s Specialist Crime, said:
“It beggars belief that a man could go to his local pub for a quick drink on a Saturday evening and not return home, but that is the terrible reality that Allan’s family have been left with.
“Allan was a creative and constructive man, living a full and active life through his sport and music. His loss is immeasurable, and is of course most felt by his loving family, who still grieve for him and will do so for a very long time to come.
“There was no good reason for Lall to have had a knife in his possession that day, and no good reason for him to use it. I am glad that he has been convicted and the jury rejected his claim that he was acting in self-defence.”