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Bid submitted to increase minimum jail sentence for dad killer

The man who killed his father using a cricket bat in their family home in Undercliffe may have to serve a longer minimum sentence.

A bid to increase the minimum sentence served by a man who beat his father to death with a cricket bat has been submitted.

Philip Badwal, 25, was sentenced on 6 January for brutally murdering his father.  He was given a life sentence with a 20-year minimum term by Judge Jonathan Rose, and a bid has now been made to the Attorney General under a scheme that allows lenient sentences to be reviewed.

The 25-year-old may get given a longer sentence.

Mr Badwal, attacked his father Santokh ‘Charlie’  Singh at the family home in Airedale Road, Undercliffe, Bradford, on November 30, 2020.

During the trial, the court heard that Mr Singh had been desperate to move out of the family home he shared with his wife and their youngest son Mr Badwal.

On his 59th birthday in November 2020 his older sons, from a previous relationship, had shown him around a new flat they had found for him.

The next day Mr Badwal subjected his father to a prolonged beating using a cricket bat.

The lead prosecutor, Richard Wright QC, said Mr Singh had fractures to the skull, bruising to the brain as well as a broken leg and fractured ribs.

He also alleged Mr Badwal had also kicked and stamped on his father, even changing his footwear during the violence, and had most likely used a metal dog bowl during the beating.

Mr Badwal had denied murdering Mr Singh and pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter but he changed his plea to guilty to murder part way through a trial.

A request has been made that the Attorney General’s Office consider whether the sentence should be referred to the Court of Appeal through the unduly lenient sentence scheme.

The scheme allows victims of crime, their families, prosecutors and the public to ask for a review of sentences for certain crimes that they believe are too low.

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