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Elderly Sikh man who was attacked in August, dies in hospital; Cause of death yet to be determined

November 7, 2013 | By

Coventry (November 7, 2013): It is learnt that an elderly Sikh man named Joginder Singh, 80, from Canley, who was assaulted in the city centre back in August has died in hospital. Joginder Singh was admitted to hospital following a brutal attack in Trinity Street on August 10.

It may be recalled that the incident was captured on a mobile phone and sparked outrage online after showing teenager Coral Millerchip kicking out and hitting Joginder Singh, knocking him to the ground and causing his turban to fall off.

The shocking clip also seemed to show the girl spit at him as he lay dazed on the ground before walking off with a group of youths as someone went to her victim’s aid.

As per information Joginder Singh was discharged from the hospital and later re-admitted for a diagnosed illness which he was being treated for until his death on November 3.

A post mortem examination was conducted on Monday (November 4) to establish a cause of death. But the results were inconclusive and further tests will now be conducted over the coming weeks.

Millerchip, 19, pleaded guilty to assaulting the pensioner causing him actual bodily harm and was due to appear in court later this month for sentencing.

But due to Joginder Singh’s death detectives have notified the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and will await a decision over what further steps may need to be taken. It is now highly likely Millerchip’s sentencing will be adjourned until early 2014.

“At this stage it is unclear if that is directly connected with the assault,” said Detective Chief Inspector Matt Markham, from Coventry CID.

“Our thoughts remain with the family and those affected by Joginder Singh’s death and we will continue to work with CPS and the coroner to establish the cause of death.

“Specialist family liaison police officers have been appointed to liaise with Joginder Singh’s next of kin and we will continue to support the family at this sad time.”

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