Detective Superintendent Mick Gradwell:
"This was a violent attack on Mr Singh
by a convicted armed robber. My recommendation
was that Mr Singh should not be prosecuted
and I am pleased that the Crown Prosecution
Service has agreed with that."
told the local Skemersdale Advertiser newspaper:
"It is a big burden that has been lifted,
but on the other hand the memory of what
happened will live with me forever.
will always be there, I will be watching
it replay in my mind and it is something
I'll have to live with for the rest of my
who suffered knife injuries to his head
during the attack and needed hospital treatment,
has become a local hero for standing up
to an attacker in a country where violent
crime routinely captures newspaper headlines.
Singh gave an account of what happened Feb
17 after being told Wednesday that he will
not face any charges.
tried to get away from the attacker but
was left with no option other than to defend
myself. In the course of the attack I was
stabbed to my head causing what could have
been a life threatening injury and also
repeated stab wounds to my back," Singh
the struggle with my attacker I understand
he suffered an injury but I do not know
how that injury was caused. I do not want
to be seen as a hero. I did no more or less
than try to save my own life. I extend my
sympathy to the Kilroe family, who after
all have lost a son."
said he was "a few millimetres"
from being killed in the fight, which began
when Kilroe confronted Singh with a knife,
smashed his car window and demanded to be
handed over the day's takings after he had
closed his shop.
Britons have continued to question the police
action, saying Kilroe - a man who was facing
trial for armed robbery - should not have
been out on bail in the first place, and
that Singh should never have been arrested.
websites have been inundated with messages
of support for Singh. One, posted in the
Daily Telegraph, said the reason police
and the Crown Prosecution Service had decided
not to prosecute Singh was that they knew
no jury would find him guilty. Another said
there would have been a "national outcry"
if Singh had been charged and slammed the
police for putting him through "10
days of agony".
escaped the fate of Tony Martin, a Norfolk
farmer who served three years in prison
after shooting dead a teenager burglar in
his farm in 1999.
opposition Conservative Party has called
for a review of the law covering self-defence.
The current law permits people to use "reasonable
force" to defend themselves and others.
However, critics claim it is weighted in
favour of the criminal.
Vara, the Conservative Party deputy leader
in parliament, recently criticised the government's
failure to amend legislation in favour of
citizens who defend themselves against attack.