Brothers guilty of killing mum’s boyfriend

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TWO ‘selfish’ brothers from Westcroft have been jailed for manslaughter following the death of their mother’s boyfriend after the boys claimed the relationship brought dishonour on their family.

Sandeep Lotey was sentenced to six years and nine months, and brother Saranjeet Lotey to five years and nine months, after being found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Wednesday of the murder of Mr Vijay Thaper.

Another man, Pritpal Singh Panesar was also sentenced to five years and nine months.

Mr Thaper, aged 61, was attacked just yards from his home in Stoney Lane, Bloxwich, near Walsall on January 13, 2010 and suffered injuries to both his legs. An investigation into the assault was immediately launched.

Some weeks later Mr Thaper become unwell and was admitted to hospital where he died on March 8, 2010.

Because of his earlier injuries, a forensic post mortem was carried out which showed that Mr Thaper died form a pulmonary thrombosis, brought on by the injuries he sustained in the attack.

A murder enquiry was then launched and the three charged with murder onAugust 17 , 2010.

DI Gary Plant from West Midlands Police said the brothers, aged 24 and 22, were selfish and tried to control their mother’s life.

He said: “This was a tragic incident whereby Mr Vijay Thaper lost his life through the over protective and selfish actions of siblings trying to control the life and happiness of their mother.

“Vijay had done nothing more than enter into a loving relationship with a woman, which her children and other family members could not accept.

“West Midlands Police is committed to bringing to justice the minority of individuals who mistakenly believe they can act with impunity. The three convicted men will now have a period of time to reflect on their actions and the consequences of them.

“Our thoughts are with Vijay’s family during this difficult time, as it must be remembered they have lost a loved one and have to live with the consequences of this terrible crime for the rest of their lives.”