Sikh Community wedding fund money of GBP 8000 was stolen by Kalwant Kaur and her son, Jung Singh Lankanpal in Southeast England.
Kalwant Kaur and her son, Jung Singh Lankanpal, both with roots in India, recently got sentenced to a combined prison term of just under four years. The reason? They teamed up to steal a hefty sum of money that the local Sikh community in southeast England had collected for a wedding.
The charges against them involved planning a burglary, and they admitted to it back in October. When they showed up in court for their sentencing at Southampton Crown Court, Kaur got 15 months in jail, while Lankanpal got a longer sentence of 30 months.
Detective Constable Jess Swift, who works with the Western Area Crime Team of Hampshire Constabulary, didn’t mince words. She criticized Kaur and Lankanpal for their cold-hearted decision to swipe a large amount of money from people they knew—money meant to help folks in their community.
Swift said, “Even though Kaur tried to act like she was just a witness, we quickly found out she used her knowledge to help plan this burglary. Thanks to thorough investigations, they both admitted guilt and will be serving time. Hopefully, this brings some comfort and justice to the local community.”
The stolen money, around GBP 8,000, was taken from a place in Clovelly Road, Southampton, on September 15. A group of women from the local Sikh community had gathered the money to cover the costs of a wedding within their community. While they were counting the cash, someone with a gun broke in, threatened them, and demanded the money.
Turns out, the getaway car, a red Hyundai, belonged to one of the women helping with the collection. And surprise, it was registered to Kalwant Kaur. The investigation showed she wasn’t just an innocent bystander but had a hand in the whole burglary.