source: SRV News
published: 30 October 2016
The man who murdered restaurant worker Surjit Singh Chhokar in 1998 has been jailed for 19 years and eight months. Ronnie Coulter was found guilty of stabbing the 32-year-old in a retrial last month under double jeopardy laws.
The attack happened as Mr Chhokar returned from his work at an Indian restaurant in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, on November 4, 1998.
Coulter, 48, was previously acquitted when he stood trial in 1999 for the murder but was convicted by a majority when the case became only the second to return to court since Scotland’s centuries-old double jeopardy law was reformed in 2011.
His nephew Andrew Coulter and David Montgomery were also acquitted of murder when they went on trial for the same crime in 2000.
Coulter returned to the High Court in Glasgow on Monday for sentencing, where judge Lord Matthews jailed him for life with a minimum of 19 years and eight months.