Man found naked after killing his dad with bottle of Bollinger champagne

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A man is facing life in jail for bludgeoning his elderly father to death with a bottle of Champagne.

Deekan Singh Vig, who carried out the vicious assault in a drunken rage, was found naked by police.

He told officers: ”I killed my dad. I hit him over the head with a f***ing bloody bottle of Bollinger champagne.’

Vig has now been found guilty of murdering 86-year-old shopkeeper Arjan Singh Vig at their family home in Southgate, north London, on October 30, 2021.

The Old Bailey had heard how officers found the body of the older man on the floor of his son’s bedroom with his ‘head caved in’.

His 54-year-old son was naked and surrounded by about 100 bottles of Champagne, including blood stained bottles of Veuve Cliquot and Bollinger.

Prosecutor Deanna Heer KC had said the victim had been hit repeatedly in the face and head with a full bottle of Champagne.

Jurors heard how Vig had lived with his father and mother Damanjit Vig, 85, in their four-bedroom detached home for about 40 years.

The family had moved from Uganda to the UK when Vig was aged five at the time Idi Amin expelled members of the Asian community from the east African country.

His father was a qualified accountant while his mother, a zoologist, worked as a teacher.

His sister had forged a career as a successful lawyer and married while Vig did not have girlfriends and helped his father in the family business.

Jurors heard he had developed a taste for alcohol during the lockdown.

On the evening of the killing, Vig’s parents had returned home and settled down in front of the television.

Mrs Vig heard vomiting noises from her son’s room and he told her he had consumed half a bottle of whisky, jurors heard.

The last thing she saw was her husband comforting their son, the court was told.

She then called her daughter because Vig appeared ‘out of control’ and ‘drunk’ and she in turn dialed 999.

An officer who attended the home tried to pushed open the defendant’s door and, looking through a gap, saw Mr Vig’s head covered in blood.

The defendant said he could not open the door, saying: ‘You’re too late. He’s been dead for an hour.’

Once officers gained entry, they saw Mr Vig’s head had been ‘severely caved in’.

The defendant, who was naked with blood on his hands feet and legs, was Tasered and detained in handcuffs after becoming verbally abusive and aggressive.

Later, he wept as he said: ‘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 shit. I killed my dad. He could have just died from a heart attack. I fing hit him with a bottle of fing Champagne…I hate French Champagne.’

The defendant also admitted to drinking 500mls of whisky earlier that evening.

At the crime scene, police uncovered 100 bottles of Champagne, 10 Amazon delivery boxes of whisky bottles, and an empty bottle of Talisker on the bed.

Beside Mr Vig’s body were two bottles of Champagne – one Veuve Cliquot and the other Bollinger – with a ‘significant amount’ of blood on them.

A post-mortem examination identified injuries ‘entirely consistent with an assault with a full Champagne bottle’, Ms Heer said.

Vig had 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.

Giving evidence, he went on to claim he had autism and that his father had attacked him.

A jury deliberated for less than a day to find him guilty guilty of murder on Friday.

Judge Angela Rafferty adjourned sentencing until February 10, and remanded Vig into custody.

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