A builder who stabbed three men to death has become the first person in the UK to face no charges for the triple killing.
Gurjeet Singh, 30, left his Gurdwara – a Sikh temple – in Ilford, London, and found himself surrounded by a group of men who were threatening him with knives and a hammer.
During the attack on January 19, Mr Singh also produced a knife and Baljit Singh, 34, Narinder Singh, 26, and Harinder Kumar, 22, all died from their injuries.
A fourth man, who is believed to have been the designated driver, was jailed alongside a fifth man for conspiracy.
A court hearing at Redbridge Magistrates heard Mr Singh was also left with multiple injuries after the clash.
This included a “crush injury” to the top of his head consistent with a hammer attack, a cut to the back of his head and the forehead and a five cm cut to the left side of the head.
One of his hands was also wounded during the attack.
CCTV footage of the attack showed Mr Singh defending himself against the men, a source told The Times.
The court also heard the men attacked Mr Singh over an “outstanding debt”.
The previous night the night before the attack there was a community event to celebrate the birth of a baby where there was a disagreement.
On the night of the attack the men waited for Mr Singh to leave the Gurdwara.
The three men were found in pools of blood and was described as “horrific”.
Louis O’Donoghue, 40, a scaffolder who arrived at the scene shortly after, said at the time: “It was just chaos. It was like something out of a movie. Horrific. It was like a bad day in Bosnia.”
The two survivors of the attack gone-wrong were sentenced in August.
Sandeep Singh from Romford, who is not related to any of the victims, had overstayed his visa and was living illegally in the UK.
The 29-year-old was jailed for four years in August for wounding with intent and will be deported back to India after serving his sentence.
His brother Harpreet had also overstayed his visa. The 27-year-old will also be deported after he completes his 12-month jail sentence.
The Met police charged Gurjeet Singh with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and he was remanded in custody for trial in February.
No charges in relation to the deaths of three victims were ever brought.
Mr Singh was found not guilty in August by a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
A spokesperson for the Met Police confirmed Mr Singh had initially been arrested for murder, but was charged only with possession of the knife, for which he was subsequently cleared.