A teenage girl has been charged with the murder of Gagandeep
Updated 1st March 2011: A teenage girl has been charged with the murder of her wealthy TV executive boyfriend in a suspected love triangle.
Mundill Kaur Mahil, 19, appeared in court yesterday after Gagandip Singh’s battered body was discovered in the boot of his burnt-out car.
She is alleged to have lured the owner of satellite channel Sikh TV to Brighton where he was killed.
Accused: Medical student Mundill Kaur Mahil, right, has appeared in court over the murder of her wealth TV executive boyfriend Gagandip Singh, left
His body was bundled into the boot of the C-class Mercedes Benz which was driven to London and set ablaze in a muddy suburban lane.
Mr Singh, 21, of Bexleyheath, South-East London, had suffered severe head injuries, a post-mortem examination revealed yesterday.
The fire was discovered in the early hours of last Saturday by a passing police patrol.
Mahil, from Chatham, Kent, is a medical student at Brighton University and had allegedly started a relationship with another man.
She clutched a sleeve of her cream cardigan and held it to her mouth as she was led before magistrates yesterday.
At the hearing in Greenwich, she also wore tight black trousers and a fitted green sweater.
The student is accused with Harvinder Singh Shoker, 19, who stared at her as he was led into the dock and told to sit down. Only a prison guard separated them.
Shoker, from Charlton, South-East London, had a bright orange turban, wore a white sweatshirt and jeans, and spoke only to confirm his name.
District Judge Fiona Barrie remanded them in custody until further hearings at the Old Bailey. Members of the entrepreneur’s grieving family watched from the public gallery.
It is the second brutal death to afflict them.
Gagandip’s father Charanjit Singh was shot in an apparent contract killing in India in 2009 over a business deal. Five people are due to stand trial in India for his murder.
Gagandip had become head of the family and had been arranging his sister’s marriage.
Tributes: Flowers next to the charred tree where the dead body of Gagindip Singh was found in the boot of a burnt out car
Last night his family paid tribute in a statement saying: ‘Gagandip was a humble young man who valued a religion that promotes peace and spiritual service.
‘Embracing both religion and Western culture, Gagandip was known as a young entrepreneur and had taken the leading role of his family business since the tragic death of his father.’
A close friend added: ‘This was brutal. Absolutely brutal, the way he was killed. The entire family is distraught.
‘He was very influential and very prominent in the Sikh community. When his father died, he had to pick everything up.
‘His mother has to deal with the death of her son as well.’
Yesterday two bunches of flowers were left as a tribute where Mr Singh’s body was found in Blackheath, South-East London.
Last night, police arrested another 19-year-old man in connection with his death.
Forensic officers were continuing to search Mahil’s three-storey terraced home in Brighton, which she shared with five other medical students.