Shropshire

Telford Sikh man 'murdered' western daughter

A Sikh man accused of strangling his daughter could not accept her western lifestyle, his son told a court.

Gurmeet Singh Ubhi, 54, denies murdering Amrit, 24, at their home in Telford, Shropshire, last September.

He told police he had applied "minimal pressure" to her neck, Leicester Crown Court heard.

The jury heard a physical argument developed as Mr Ubhi demanded she turn down her music. He was also unhappy about her relationship with a non-Sikh.

'I will kill'

Amrit's brother Harem Ubhi said his father struggled to accept her relationship with serving soldier Stuart Loaves and regularly tried to match her with Sikh men.

He said: "This was really annoying her. She was, like, 'Why won't he accept it? I'm with Stuart, I love him'.

"It got to the point where he was not scared of implying she was a tramp or a whore."

Mr Ubhi said a few months before Amrit's death his father told him: "I have reached my limit and I will kill one of them if needs be if they push me too far.'

"He was talking about my mother and my sister."

'Too western'

Mr Ubhi added: "He basically said 'I can't accept you for who you are'.

"'You follow Western culture, Western traditions. You have nothing to do with Sikhism or Indian traditions and culture'."

Mr Ubhi's separated from wife Satinder in 1997 and went on to re-marry.

But that relationship broke down when he was imprisoned for attacking his second wife with a chisel.

The trial continues.

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