A man from Bradford has been jailed for the murder of his father.
Phillip Badwal, 25, was sentenced today, Thursday 6 January, to life with a minimum term of 20 years at Bradford Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to murdering Santokh ‘Charlie’ Singh at the house they shared in Airedale Road in Barkerend.
Mr Singh has been described as generous and sociable, raising money for charity and enjoying a drink in the pub after work.
Badwal was arrested on suspicion of murder after emergency services were called to the address on 30 November 2020 and found Mr Singh with serious injuries.
Mr Singh, who was 59, was pronounced dead at the scene.
After being charged with his father’s murder on 2 December 2020, Badwal appeared before magistrates on 3 December 2020, where he was remanded into custody ahead of a trial.
This began at Bradford Crown Court earlier this week but was halted suddenly on the second day when Badwal changed his plea.
On Tuesday, 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 and on his birthday in November 2020 his older sons, from a previous relationship, had shown him around a new flat they had found for him.
But the next day Mr Badwal subjected his father to a prolonged beating during which he used a cricket bat to rain down blows on his head and body.
Richard Wright QC, the lead prosecutor, 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 Wright QC also said the defendant called drug dealer numbers instead of emergency services after the attack.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Tony Nicholson, said: “Mr Badwal unleashed a serious and sustained assault on his father in the house that they shared, leaving him with injuries which were to sadly prove fatal.
“Rather than seek urgent medical attention for his seriously injured father, Badwal contacted drug dealers before finally ringing the emergency services, who, despite their best efforts, were unable to revive Mr Singh.
“Our thoughts remain with the family of Mr Singh at this very sad time, and I hope this outcome will bring them some comfort and closure