A Sikh pensioner has been awarded £2000 criminal compensation following an assault which brought on a heart attack.
Daya Singh Sahota, 67, along with two other family members was surrounded by a hostile group of between 15 to 20 people during a dispute at High Wycombe’s Sikh temple. It was found that there was a ‘sufficient link’ between this event and Mr Sahota’s subsequent heart attack.
The case was heard earlier in the year and originally the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) refused to award damages; which said Mr Sahota had not been a victim of crime or violence. However, this decision was overturned by the Appeals Panel (CICAP) after the new evidence came to light.
Arguments broke out over the ownership of the Gurdwara between the larger group and Mr Sahota’s family, following months of tension regarding the issue. Police have now intervened and are said to be holding supervised talks between the two groups, in the hope that this will cut the likelihood of any ‘disorderly and intimidating behaviour.’
Mr Sohota, a businessman from Slough in Berkshire believed that he had ‘suffered a threat of violence sufficient to be a violent crime’ and this brought on his heart attack. Criminal compensation was awarded for this, and for his subsequent loss of earnings, after he could only work part-time for a period after the incident.