LONDON: A man has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order 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.
According to Met Police report, on Monday, 26 October, Lall was found guilty of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. He was sentenced at the same court on Monday, 14 December to an indefinite hospital order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983. He did not appear for sentencing.
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.