A woman who attacked a frail Sikh pensioner in a ‘sickening’ and unprovoked assault caught on video has been jailed for two years.
‘Troubled’ Coral Millerchip shoved, kicked and punched 80-year-old Joginder Singh to the ground in Coventry city centre in August last year. She then spat on him as he lay on the ground.
The 20-year-old’s ‘humiliating’ attack, which left her victim with a cut nose and bruising across his body, was caught on camera by a passer-by and later uploaded on to YouTube.
Mr Singh, who had a form of dementia, died three months after the attack from an unrelated health problem.
His family said he was ‘never the same’ after the brutal assault which left him afraid to leave the house.
Police investigating the crime said ‘it was not possible to establish a link between the assault and Mr Singh’s subsequent death’.
Detective chief inspector Matt Markham, from Coventry CID, said: ‘We have continued to liaise with Mr Singh’s family throughout the investigation and they have been informed of today’s outcome.
‘What happened to Mr Singh was deeply upsetting for everyone; it was a sickening assault. Despite the fact we could not show the assault and his death were connected the close proximity of events is something we have explored in great detail and recognise the family’s trauma.
‘Our thoughts remain with them and those affected by Mr Singh’s death.’
Ms Millerchip also was handed a 20-month sentence for an unconnected burglary yesterday at Leamington Justice Centre.