A young man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the father of one of his friends, who died of a heart attack after he was pushed over during a row in the street.
Jantilal Deugi was involved in a disagreement with a group of men in Redcar Road, Belgrave, Leicester, on Sunday May 31, when 22-year-old Yashvant Pranlal, pushed him over.
Mr Deugi, 50, then suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Leicester Royal Infirmary, but died on Tuesday June 2.
A post-mortem examination later revealed he died as a result of brain injury.
Pranlal, wearing a blue sweatshirt-style top, stood in the dock at Leicester Crown Court today, Wednesday Oct 7 with his hands anxiously clenched together throughout the 10 minute hearing.
He entered his guilty plea through a Gujarati interpreter and Judge Timothy Spencer QC has now adjourned the case for sentencing.
‘A VERY SERIOUS OFFENCE’
He told the defendant: “This afternoon you have pleaded guilty to a very serious offence.”
Pranlal, of Green Lane Road, Spinney Hills, Leicester, nodded in acknowledgement after the translator had conveyed the words of the judge.
Judge Spencer then added: “You will know, and I’m making it clear, you face a very substantial sentence in custody.”
“It’s not appropriate to proceed to sentence this afternoon as there is much more information the court needs.”
Again, Pranlal nodded that he understood the gravity of the situation.
Nadia Silver, prosecuting said personal impact statements had yet to be taken from the family of the deceased.
Pranlal’s barrister, Waheed Baber, who appeared over a live video link, said he needed time to obtain testimonials about his client and would attend the sentencing hearing to mitigate in person.
‘YOU WILL LEARN YOUR FATE’
The judge told the defendant: “You will learn your fate next Friday on October 16 and will find out how long a sentence is to be imposed.”
Pranlal was remanded back into custody.
TRAGEDY CAUSED BY A PUSH
In an earlier hearing, at the city’s magistrates court on June 5, the defendant was said to have pushed the victim over.
Pranlal was originally arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and released, but following Mr Deugi’s death the defendant was re-arrested and charged with manslaughter.
It was stated that Pranlal had been a friend of the deceased’s son.
Mr Deugi never regained brain activity after the cardiac arrest and his ventilator was switched off two days later.
Following the hearing, Detective Inspector Jonathan Blockley, senior investigating officer of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime Team, said: “While we are pleased with today’s plea, there are certainly no winners in this case.
“One family has lost their loved one and another will now face a considerable amount of time without their family member.
“One push led to the end of a life.
“My sympathies go to Mr Deugi’s family, they have shown immense dignity throughout the investigation and this was in no way easy for them.
“We’d like to thank the local community for their help and support during the investigation. “The incident took place in a busy area, witnessed by many people. “The weight of the evidence has led to today’s outcome, Pranlal had no choice but to plead guilty to manslaughter.”