Barking dad killed while chasing muggers to be remembered at memorial

Sukhwinder Singh

Sukhwinder Singh - Credit: Archant

A heroic builder who was killed while trying to catch a pair of muggers will be remembered at a memorial service to mark the fifth anniversary of his death.

Father-of-one Sukhwinder Singh, 31, was stabbed in the heart as he chased after two men who had snatched a woman’s bag and mobile phone.

His killers are yet to be convicted. The horrifying attack took place on the corner of Uphall Road and Victoria Road – near Barking station – at about 7pm on January 8, 2010.

Sunday’s remembrance service will be held at Singh Sabha London East Gurdwara in North Lane, Barking.

Committed Sikh Sukhwinder, of Harts Lane, worshipped at the gurdwara every evening after work and also regularly volunteered in the kitchen. After his death the gurdwara and its neighbours and friends raised more than £14,000 for his family, including his parents, widow Sandeep Kaur, and their son Gurjinder – all of whom live in India.

Inder Singh Jamu, who organised Sunday’s service, said he admired Sukwinder’s bravery and hopes his story will prove to be an example to young worshippers.

“We want to show the youth how to deal with difficult times and inspire them with their community work to do some good,” he said.

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Swarn Singh Kandola, who was president of the gurdwara at the time of Sukhwinder’s death, described him as an “inspiration” to all those who knew him.

He also praised his selflessness in “giving his life” to help a stranger.

Sukhwinder received a posthumous gold award at the annual ACPO Police Public Bravery Awards in recognition of his bravery.

Sunday’s religious service will start at 1.30pm and will be followed by speeches and tributes by VIPs and community leaders.

A final prayer will take place at about 4pm.

Confirmed guests include acting commander of Barking and Dagenham police Andy Ewing; the deputy leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Cllr Saima Ashraf; and the leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal.