July 15, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
London: A Punjabi-origin student who was killed in a brawl in England in 2011 was punched by a boxer who had breached his bail conditions from previous offence, a new report revealed on Friday.
Jagdip Singh Randhawa, 19, from southwest London, was punched by boxer Clifton Ty Mitchell during a night out in Leeds on October 12, 2011. After being hit, Randhawa struck his head on a pavement and was taken to hospital. Mitchell, now 26, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in prison for the crime in 2012.
The latest report into the killing found that Mitchell had breached bail conditions for a previous offence 24 times in preceding five months but no action was taken by Derbyshire Police.
“In my opinion, the procedure in place at the time of the incident was fundamentally flawed and was not fit for the control of persons deemed by the court system to require active monitoring,” the report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) states.
“This process was, in my opinion, so flawed that none of the staff operating under it appeared to recognise the ongoing issues with this one individual and see the obvious opportunities missed,” it notes.
An initial referral to the IPCC following a complaint by Randhawa’s family led to the force carrying out a local investigation. In March 2015, the IPCC upheld an appeal by the family against that outcome and began its own probe. “Our family will always be haunted by not knowing what might have happened if Mitchell had been arrested as he should have been,” victim’s sister Majinder Kaur Randhawa told BBC.
“It’s important that the IPCC’s report highlights the significant failings of Derbyshire Police, but it’s devastating to know that Randhawa’s death was avoidable.
“We believe that Randhawa would still be here today, if Derbyshire Police had correctly managed Mitchell while he was on bail. It’s impossible for us to ever get over that,” she said.
Derbyshire’s deputy chief constable Gary Knighton said: “The IPCC report recognises that following the death of Randhawa, we immediately reviewed the way that the force handled breaches of bail conditions where an individual is required to report to a police station. The force now has a more robust system in place to deal with a suspect who has failed to comply with their bail conditions. If someone breaches their bail, an officer is allocated to take action and deal with the breach.”