A man who killed his son’s father-in-law after he made a disparaging remark about his son’s ability to father a child has been jailed.
On 30 November 2014 Naunihal Singh – who was visiting from India – and Ujjal Singh, 63 from Ipswich, had a dispute about their respective son and daughter’s ability to conceive at a family gathering held at a house on Lidiard Street, Crumpsall.
During the heated discussion, which was fuelled by alcohol, Ujjal Singh accused Naunihal Singh’s son of “firing blanks”.
As a result of a number other arguments, the son of Naunihal punched a glass photo frame, causing an injury to his hand.
Ujjal Singh was put to bed while the remaining family members, with the exception of Naunihal Singh, went to hospital to get his son’s hand treated.
While Ujjal Singh was sleeping, Naunihal Singh went into his room and stabbed him in the neck.
He then fled, leaving the family to discover the horrific scene upon their return.
He handed himself into police two days later.
Naunihal Singh pleaded guilty to murder at Manchester Crown Court and was sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 17 years and 39 days in prison.
Senior Investigating Officer Bob Tonge, said, “This case is tragic from start to end and what should have been a normal family gathering ended in absolute tragedy.
“The one saving grace is that he has not subjected them to further torment by making them endure a trial and has faced up to his crime and subsequent, inevitable punishment.”