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'Firing blanks' slur led to father-in-law being stabbed in the neck as he slept

Naunihal Singh stabbed his fellow father-in-law in the neck. Photo: Greater Manchester Police.

A man who killed his fellow father-in-law after a drunken slur over his son's ability to conceive has been jailed for 17 years.

Naunihal Singh attacked Ujjal Singh after a family party in Crumpsall, Manchester, when Ujjal accused Naunihal's son of "firing blanks".

Naunihal was visiting his son and daughter-in-law from India, and Ujjal, had travelled from Ipswich to visit his daughter and son-in-law.

During the alcohol-fuelled argument last November, Naunihal's son 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.

He crept into Ujjal's bedroom as he was sleeping and stabbed him in the neck.

He then fled, leaving the family to discover the horrific scene, before handing himself into police two days later.

Naunihal Singh pleaded guilty to murder at Manchester Crown Court today and was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 17 years and 39 days.

"This case is tragic from start to end and what should have been a normal family gathering ended in absolute tragedy.

"Two families have been destroyed by this awful incident, which basically stemmed from a family argument and was fuelled by alcohol.

"While alone with the victim, and feeling slighted and offended by comments directed at his son, Naunihal Singh callously went into Ujjal Singh's room and without a second thought, stabbed him as he slept.

"He then fled, leaving his son, daughter-in-law and her family to discover his heinous crime.

"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."

– Senior Investigating Officer Bob Tonge, Greater Manchester Police