Son, 54, faces life in jail for killing father with Bollinger bottleJanuary 27, 2023
Drunk naked son, 54, faces life in jail for battering his father to death with Bollinger bottle in fight at family home after 86-year-old who did not like alcohol for religious reasons found his secret champagne stash
- Deekan Singh Vig, 54, was found guilty of murdering his father Arjan Singh, 86
- Vig hit his father with a bottle of Bollinger at home in Southgate in October 2021
- Vig denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the second day of his trial
A man is facing life behind bars after he battered his elderly father to death with a bottle of Bollinger in a drunken rage.
Deekan Singh Vig was found guilty of murdering father Arjan Singh, 86, at the family home in Southgate, north London, on October 30, 2021 after he had consumed half a bottle of whisky.
The Old Bailey previously heard that officers found Mr Vig on the floor of his son’s bedroom with his ‘head caved in’ as his son stood over him naked and surrounded by around 100 bottles of Champagne, including blood stained bottles of Veuve Cliquot and Bollinger.
(Stock Image) Deekan Vig, 54, beat his father to death with a bottle of Bollinger champagne
Prosecutor Deanna Heer, KC, previously told the court the victim had been hit repeatedly in the head and face with a full bottle of Champagne, which caused extensive injuries and almost immediate death.
Vig had lived with his father and mother, 85-year-old Damanjit Vig, in their four-bedroom detached home for around 40. His younger sister, Rippan Vig, lived with her partner.
The family moved to the UK from Uganda when Vig was five years old. Mr Vig was a qualified accountant and his mother, a zoologist, worked as a teacher. Vig helped his father to run the family business.
The court had heard that Vig began drinking alcohol during lockdown.
On the evening of Mr Vig’s death, Vig’s parents were at home when they heard vomiting noises coming from his room. He told her he had consumed half a bottle of whisky. He later admitted to police that he had drunk 500mls of Whisky.
The court was told that the last thing Mrs Vig saw was her husband comforting their son. Giving evidence, Vig told the court a fight erupted after his father returned home from an afternoon at a Sikh temple and discovered his son’s secret booze stash.
The clash ended up with Mr Vig using his feet to ‘pummel’ the defendant’s chest, leaving him ‘struggling to breathe’.
(Stock Image) Vig initially denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the second day of his trail at The Old Bailey
The incident took place at the family home in Chelmsford Road, Southgate (pictured)
She then called her daughter and 999 because Vig appeared to be ‘out of control’ and ‘drunk’.
When police arrived, an officer tried to push open the defendant’s bedroom door and, when looing through the gap, saw Mr Vig’s head covered in blood.
Vig told officers he could not open the door and said: ‘You’re too late. He’s been dead for an hour.’
When officers entered the bedroom, they found that Mr Vig’s head had been ‘severely caved in’ and it was cleared that he was deceased.
Vig, who was naked with blood on his hands, feet and legs, was Tasered and detained in handcuffs after becoming verbally abusive and aggressive.
The court heard that he later wept, saying: ‘My dad is dead. I killed my dad. I hit him over the head with a f***ing bloody bottle of Bollinger champagne. Why did I kill my dad?
‘Oh s**t. I killed my dad. He could have just died from a heart attack. I f***ing hit him with a bottle of f***ing Champagne… I hate French Champagne’.
Officers found 100 bottles of Champagne, 10 Amazon delivery boxes of whisky bottles and an empty bottle of Talisker Scotch on the bed.
Next to Mr Vig’s body were two bottles – one of Veuve Cliquot Champagne and the other Bollinger – each with a ‘significant amount’ of blood on them.
A post-mortem examination identified injuries which were ‘entirely consistent with an assault with a full Champagne bottle’ Ms Heer told the court.
Vig initially denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the second day of his trial on the basis that he did not intend to cause his father really serious harm.
He also said he had autism and claimed that his father had attacked him.
A jury deliberated for less than a day before finding him guilty of murder on Friday.
Judge Angela Rafferty adjourned sentencing until February 10. Vig was remanded into custody until that time.
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