Man Who Attacked In-Laws Escape Jail Term

A drunken takeaway worker has escaped jail after attacking his in-laws in the street in Bedford.

Dharvinder Singh attacked his mother-in-law and brother-in-law when they confronted him in the street.

Singh, 31, pushed Surinder Kaur to the ground in Edward Road causing her wrist to break.

He then punched Hera Singh repeatedly in the face. It left him with a bloodied nose and dizziness, Luton crown court heard today/Monday.

The mother and son, who lived a few doors away, were annoyed that Singh had gone out drinking leaving his wife and child at home, and an argument broke out said Neil King, prosecuting.

Singh, of Edward Road, was convicted by a jury of causing grievous bodily harm and common assault on the night of 8 May last year.

Andrew Kerry, defending, said Singh and his wife were still together and were bringing up their child. He said he worked at a takeaway business between 12 noon and 11pm, earning £300 on a good week.

Mr Kerry said Singh had no previous convictions and urged the judge to pass a sentence that would not involve him losing his liberty.

Judge Michael Kay QC said: "The evidence is that you had been out drinking for some time, before you came home early in the morning. You were confronted in the street by our two victims. An argument ensued. I am quite satisfied the whole dispute arose out of your behaviour in coming home drunk. That is no mitigation, it only makes things worse."

The judge passed a 6 month jail sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered him to complete 200 hours' unpaid work.  Singh must abide by a 3 month curfew between midnight and 7am. He must also pay £750 costs at the rate of £50 a month.

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