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NRI Palwinder Singh Dhillon in court charged with murder

Palwinder Singh Dhillon was arrested on 26/08/03 for the murder of Anita Gindha in Manor Park E12.

On 21/05/04 Palwinder Singh Dillon was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court of murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 16 years.

Jail for illegal immigrant who killed pregnant Glasgow mother

A 65-year-old illegal immigrant has been jailed for life for the murder of a pregnant Glasgow mother. A jury took less than 90 minutes to find Palwinder Singh Dhillon guilty of the killing in February last year. The judge recommended that Dhillon serve at least 16 years in prison, and then be deported.

Twenty-two-year-old Anita Gindha was only a matter of weeks away from giving birth to a longed-for baby girl when she was strangled to death at her home in East London in February last year. Her terrified toddler son was crying by her side when her body was discovered.

Anita had run away from her Glasgow home two years previously after rejecting an arranged marriage. Suspicion fell on this man, 64-year old Palwinder Singh Dhillon, an illegal immigrant who used to do odd jobs on the building site where Anita's husband was foreman. After the murder hair from his beard was found clutched in Anita's hand, and some of her jewelry was found locked in his suitcase.

Today a jury took just one and a half hours to decide that Palwinder Singh Dhillon was guilty of Anita Gindha's murder. He was given an automatic life sentence with the recommendation that he serve at least 16 years in jail. The judge also recommended that he's deported once his sentence is finished.

After the verdict Anita Gindha's husband Kashmir expressed his anger that a man he had trusted and looked up to as an uncle had wrecked his life. He said, "I want the murderer's wife and children to feel the same grief and loss that I feel, and that my son feels, my son who still looks for his mother."

Palwinder Dhillon is now in jail, starting his life sentence. Because he will not be considered for release before he is 81, it is very possible that life will mean life.

Friday 29th August, 09:34 BST

An Asian man will appear before Magistrates in east London today, charged with murdering a heavily pregnant woman.
Palwinder Singh Dhillon, who's from the West Midlands, is accused of strangling 22-year-old Anita Gindha at her home in east London, on February 19th. Mrs Gindha's body was found on the sofa in the lounge of her home by her builder husband on his return from work. Their 18-month-old son was by her side.

Reward in pregnant woman murder case Jun 3 2003

Scotland Yard have released details of a man police want to question in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old pregnant woman.

They also offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Palwinder Singh Dhillon, 64, who they want to question over the killing of Anita Gindha.

Mrs Gindha, who was eight months' pregnant with her second child, was found by her husband, Kashmir Ralh, 32, as he returned from work to the family home in Manor Park, east London, on Wednesday February 19. She had been strangled. The couple's 18-month-old son, Fahil, was at her side, unharmed.

Police described Dhillon as a Sikh with a long white beard who wears a turban and sometimes glasses.

He originates from the Punjab but detectives believe he is still in the UK rather than abroad.

A police spokesman said a motive for the killing was still being investigated but there was no evidence to suggest it was racially or sexually motivated.

Det. Insp. Stuart Wratten, part of the investigation team from the Specialist Crime Directorate East, said: "Anita was heavily pregnant and completely defenceless against her attacker, who had no concern for the fact that her young son was with her at the time.

"As part of our investigation we would now like to speak to Mr Dhillon and would urge anyone who knows his whereabouts or who may have seen a man matching his description to contact us immediately."


Palwinder Singh Dhillon charged with murder