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Naunihal Singh jailed for stabbing son's father-in-law to death

Naunihal Singh Image copyright Greater Manchester police
Image caption Naunihal Singh was told he must serve at least 17 years

A man has been jailed for life after pleading guilty to stabbing his son's father-in-law to death as he slept.

Ujjal Singh, 63, who was visiting from Ipswich, died from a knife wound to the neck after he was found in Lidiard Street, Crumpsall, on 1 December.

He had argued with Naunihal Singh, 54, who was visiting from India, about their respective son and daughter's ability to conceive, police said.

At Manchester Crown Court Naunihal Singh was jailed for 21 years.

He was told he must serve at least 17 years.

Police said on 30 November the pair had a "heated discussion, which was fuelled by alcohol" and Ujjal Singh accused Naunihal Singh's son of "firing blanks".

During a series of arguments, Naunihal's son punched a glass photo frame, injuring his hand.

Ujjal Singh was put to bed while the remaining family members, with the exception of Naunihal Singh, went to hospital to get the hand treated.

While Ujjal Singh was sleeping, Naunihal Singh went into his room and stabbed him in the neck.

Police said he then fled, leaving the family to discover the "horrific scene" when they returned.

He handed himself into police two days later.

Senior investigating officer Bob Tonge, said it was a "heinous crime" that "ended in absolute tragedy".

"The one saving grace is that he has not subjected them to further torment by making them endure a trial and has faced up to his crime and subsequent, inevitable punishment."

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