"This was completely gratuitous violence"
Three men have been jailed for a motorbike robbery on the outskirts of Walsall which culminated in the death of their friend.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that on June 27, 2019, the 31-year-old victim had ridden to Barr Beacon nature reserve on his Honda motorbike to relax before heading home for dinner.
He had been there for around 40 minutes. He was set to leave at 7:40 pm when he noticed a Ford Fiesta.
The four men inside the car were all wearing balaclavas.
They parked in an attempt to block him on a single-track path and as he tried to get past, the victim was “attacked from all angles”.
Andrew Wallace, prosecuting, said the victim was pushed off his bike and was then kicked, punched and stamped on by the four attackers.
Kanveer Purewal, aged 19, sped off on the stolen motorbike while the Fiesta followed behind.
However, Purewal was involved in a head-on collision just minutes later.
Mr Wallace said: “He was attempting to overtake a vehicle that was turning left but the bike was too powerful for him.
“He was on the wrong side of the road and could not get back on the correct side and went straight into a Ford Mondeo, over the top and was pretty much killed instantly.”
The victim flagged down a passing car and arrived at the crash scene, where he called police.
The other three stopped at the site but ran back to the car before emergency services arrived.
But sometime later, Nirvair Lall and Inderjot Singh returned and a witness pointed them out. They were arrested along with Aaron Dhaliwal, the registered keeper of the Fiesta.
Lall was convicted of robbery while Dhaliwal and Singh pleaded guilty to the same charge.
Lee Masters, for Lall, said his client had no previous conviction and had shown a lack of maturity.
Matthew Brook, for Singh, said:
“He made a bad decision which had tragic consequences. He has brought shame upon himself and his family.”
Curtis Myrie, for Dhaliwal, said his client had an unsettled upbringing. He added:
“The effect of the death of a close friend has had an impact upon him.”
Judge Richard Bond said: “This was completely gratuitous violence that you did not need to use.
“Luckily for him, he was protected by motorcycle leathers he was wearing.”
On Purewal’s death, he said:
“I have seen the CCTV footage. He died at the scene. It was a senseless loss of a young life.”
Judge Bond told Lall: “Having stopped to see what happened and despite the fact that he had suffered serious injury you left the scene.
“In my judgement, this was cold and heartless.
“This behaviour contrasted with the behaviour of the victim.
“He showed more concern for a man who had just robbed him than you did.”
Birmingham Mail reported that on March 12, 2021, Nirvair Lall, aged 21, of Great Barr, was jailed for three and a half years.
Inderjot Singh, aged 21, of Warwick, was jailed for three years and one month.
Aaron Dhaliwal, aged 22, of Great Barr, was jailed for two years and four months.
Detective Sergeant Kerry Haywood said:
“This was a tragic outcome for a young man to lose his life even though a crime had been committed.
“His friends not only have to serve a prison sentence but have to live with the circumstances of his death.”