19th Jan, 2019

Man pleads not guilty to religiously aggravated assault at Gurdwara

Correspondent 4th Feb, 2017

A SECOND man accused of being involved in a disturbance at Leamington’s Sikh temple which led to 55 people being arrested is to have his case dealt with at Warwick Crown Court.

During a brief hearing at Warwickshire magistrates’ court in Leamington, Kulvinder Bir Singh said he would be pleading not guilty to a charge of religiously aggravated damage.

The charge follows an incident at the Gurdwara Sahib temple in Tachbrook Park Drive on September 11 last year.

Prosecutor John Bartlett said the incident arose out of ‘a mass demonstration’ in protest at a mixed marriage being held at the Gurdwara Sahib.

He said it was alleged 37 year-old Mr Singh, of Tilehurst Drive, Coventry, entered the premises and pulled down signs relating to that ceremony.

So the case was committed to Warwick Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing on February 24, and Mr Singh was granted unconditional bail.

But he complained the evidence against him had not been given to his solicitor, so he had not had an opportunity to see the evidence against him.

Mr Bartlett said that had arisen because of a previous hearing having been adjourned.

Earlier this month another man Gursharan Singh, 33, from Holbrooks, Coventry, who is facing a charge of religiously aggravated common assault arising from the same protest, had his case sent to the crown court for trial.

And Mr Singh was told it would be for a judge at the crown court to decide whether the two cases should be joined together or dealt with separately.

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