Honeytrap medical student who lured businessman to his death facing lengthy jail term
Mundill Kaur Mahil, a devious medical student used as a honeytrap in the murder of a young businessman she claimed had tried to rape her, is facing years in jail.
Gagandip Singh was savagely beaten before being tied up and burnt alive in the boot of a car after Mundill Mahil lured him to the attack.
Mahil, 20, who was cleared of murder but convicted of GBH, was able to trick Sikh TV entrepreneur Gagandip Singh to her Brighton student digs because he was in love with her and had even given her £12,000 to pay for her tuition fees.
However unknown to him, the second year undergraduate at Brighton and Sussex Medical School had brought in “hired muscle” to attack him for the thwarted sex attack six months earlier. He had tried to have sex with her but left when she asked him to.
Mahil told Gagandip she wanted “closure” and even reassured a wary Gangandip following a text from him asking “Are we going to talk civil or do you want me dead?”
“Intelligent and attractive” Mahil knew that Harvinder ‘Ravi’ Shoker, who she described as a ‘gangster friend’, would carry out her plan to attack Gagandip – because he too was in love with her.
Shoker recruited schoolpal Darren Peters and both were lying in wait in her bedroom last February.
The 21-year-old was set upon suffering at least five blows to the head as he desperately called out Mahil’s name before losing consciousness.
He was then tied up with phone charger cables and wrapped in her duvet before being carried out and bundled into the boot of his sister’s car.
Shoker and Peters then drove back to the capital where in a quiet lane in Blackheath, south east London, they doused Gagandip in petrol.
The pair then torched the car while their “helpless” victim was still alive.
He died from inhalation of fire fumes, but also had severe head injuries and was suffering deeps burns all over his body when fire officers forced open the boot.
Today after 40 hours deliberations Mahil was cleared of murder but found guilty of causing GBH with intent.
Shoker, 20, was found guilty of murder while Peters, 20, was found guilty of manslaughter.
Adjourning sentence until Wednesday, Judge Paul Worsley QC granted Mahil bail but added: “I regard a long custodial sentence almost virtually inevitable for Mundill.”
Earlier Mahil’s barrister Michael Birnbaum QC told the jury: “She acknowledges she feels a degree of moral responsibility for the death of Gagandip.
“She realises it would not have happened if she had not invited him to come and see her on the pretext of wanting to talk to him alone.
“She is horrified by the killing and she herself is still trying to come to terms with it. She maintains she had no intention for him to be killed or even suffer serious harm.”
The devout Sikh who does not believe in sex before marriage claimed she wanted him taught a lesson and added “Gagan wasn’t supposed to be assaulted. Gagan was not supposed to be seriously harmed.”
Former Blackheath Bluecoats pupil Mr Shoker had claimed it was Mr Peters who repeatedly punched Mr Singh and struck him over the head with a camera tripod.
He added: “If I had known he was alive at that time I wouldn’t have allowed anything to happen to that car because that’s a disgusting way for someone to get killed.”
As Shoker was found guilty screaming and wailing could be haerd from the public gallery.”
The court heard Mahil had met fellow Sikh Gagandip at a Woolwich temple in 2009 and he became “emotionally dependant” on her following the murder of his father Charanjit.
He was shot in the head in a drive by shooting while attending a wedding in India in September 2009. His former account is accused on embezzling over £400,000 in a land deal and is facing trial accused of the murder.
Gagandip and his mother were then left to run the family’s successful food packing business before he embarked on his new venture.
He wooed Mahil with offers of gifts and at the end of August 2010 went to stay at her digs during the summer holidays as Mahil revised for resits.
But during the night Gagandip crept into her room and tried to have sex with her by getting in to her bed. She forced him away, he broke down in tears and left.
After the attempted rape Mahil became “overwrought” as Gagandip persisted in trying to contact her and she and trainee electrician Shoker, 20, become close with her referring to him as her “protector.”
She also told her fellow medical student flatmates Shoker wanted to exact revenge but she initially discouraged it.
But in February of last year she lured Gagandip to the honeytrap.
Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee QC said: “At the heart of this case there lie some unattractive and raw human emotions at work. Vengeance being one of them.
“In the case of Mahil, the origins of her resentment and hostility can be easily traced back to that night at the end of August when he attempted to rape her.
“There continued to be a deep-seated hostility – she referring to him ever since then only as ‘Shitface’.
“As events were to prove, she was perfectly capable of being very manipulative when it suited her – for instance luring him to Brighton under the pretext of closure.
“She knew the deceased remained besotted by her and would jump at any possibility of renewing contact.
“Ravi was infatuated with her – which is not in dispute, and most importantly, she knew it.
“Her role was central. If she had not agreed to lure him to Brighton late that fateful evening, the deceased would have been safe and alive today.”
Mr Jafferjee added: “Ravi almost certainly had his own agenda – and it was not that of a righteous crusader to protect a young woman’s virtue.
“Being infatuated by Mahil, he was more than willing to rid her of Gagandip, and as a consequence, he would expect Mahil to be forever indebted to him.
“As for Peters, he was nothing more complicated than the hired additional muscle.”
Gagandip Singh murder: Family wants longer sentence
20 March 2012
- From the section London
The family of a murdered Sikh TV boss are demanding tougher punishment for a woman accused of luring him to his death.
Gagandip Singh’s mother and sister have asked the attorney general to review the sentence handed to Mundill Mahil.
Mahil, 20, was sentenced to six years for grievous bodily harm.
Mr Singh’s body was found in a burning car in Blackheath in south-east London in February 2010. He had been violently attacked.
“Other cases involving money and fraud get much more [punishment],” said Mr Singh’s sister Amandip, 19.
“This is a life that has been taken. So I believe something more needs to be done.”
Speaking to the BBC in the family’s first interview since the end of the trial, she said Mahil could be released for good behaviour in three years.
The business studies student said she and her mother have set up an e-petition called Justice for Gagandip calling for a longer sentence.
They wrote last week to the attorney general, who now has 28 days to consider the matter.
If he thinks there are grounds to contest Mahil’s sentence he will pass it on to the Court of Appeal to review.
Medical student Mahil was one of three people jailed in February over the death.
Harinder Shokar, 20, from Greenwich in south-east London, was given a life sentence for murder.
Darren Peters, 20, from Blackheath, south-east London received 12 years for manslaughter.
The family say Mr Singh, 21, had the world at his feet.
He ran the family’s successful packaging company. He also set up and headed a television channel called Sikh TV.
In addition he was the founder of the British Sikh Student Federation.
“He had done so much,” his mother Tejinder, 45, said.
“I didn’t think a 21-year-old would be capable of so much. I’m amazed how much he achieved.”
But his life was brought to an end when he was lured to Brighton by Mahil.
Mr Singh was besotted with her. But their friendship had cooled after he allegedly tried to rape her.
She had invited him to her house for what he thought were talks to clear the air.
But instead Shokar, a former close friend of Mr Singh’s who was also in love with Mahil, was lying in wait for him at her house.
He violently attacked him and with the help of Darren Peters bundled his unconscious body into the boot of a car, drove it to Blackheath and set it alight.
Mrs Singh said she is devastated by the killing and has struggled to cope.
She said: “In my life there’s only a dead end. There’s nothing left ahead. The whole story has finished here.”
She added: “Mundill wanted to marry Gagan but I told Gagan he couldn’t. He was still young and had his whole life ahead of him. Yes this was a revenge attack.
“Not for rape. But because I would not allow her to marry him.”
It is the second tragedy for the family. Mr Singh’s father Charanjit was shot and killed on a visit to India in 2009.