Family wants justice for punch death dad

Killed: Kamlesh Ruparelia.
Killed: Kamlesh Ruparelia.
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HEARTBROKEN relatives of a dad who was killed in a Sheffield pub are seeking fresh legal advice after being told no-one will face court over his death, writes Claire Lewis.

The devastated family of 55-year-old Kamlesh Ruparelia say there is no justice - after the man charged with his killing had the case against him dropped.

“Kamlesh was a gentle and shy man,” his heartbroken sister Viduet told The Star. “He was all the good things a human can be.”

Son Nikhil, 24, said: “I don’t think there can be any justice in the world if somebody is attacked and nobody is prosecuted for doing it.”

Today they told The Star that they felt let down and appalled after the man charged with the killing had the case against him dropped.

Kamlesh – a father-of-one, who for nearly 40 years made his life in Sheffield as a well-respected businessman – was felled by a punch in The White Rose pub, Handsworth, last October.

He and a relative had only popped into the pub to have a drink with a friend who was celebrating his birthday.

The man arrested for the killing Kieran Alexander Beresford, aged 37, of Prince of Wales Road, Darnall, was charged with manslaughter.

But now the case against him has been discontinued, after Crown Prosecution Service lawyers ruled there was an unrealistic prospect of conviction.

Kamlesh’s sister, Viduet Angeli Ruparelia, said she was appalled nobody is to pay the price for taking her brother’s life.

She said: “Kamlesh was a gentle and shy man.

“He was all the good things a human being can be.

“He was punched in a cold-blooded attack, causing a brain injury and fractured skull.

“There is no evidence whatsoever that Kamlesh had been provocative or violent towards anyone in the pub in any way.”

Viduet, a social worker at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said: “The CPS decision not to prosecute is giving a clear message that it is acceptable to attack a person, cause injuries that lead to their death, and face no consequences whatsoever.

“This is miscarriage of justice to its core.

“We feel a double loss – the loss of Kamlesh and the loss of justice.”

Kamlesh, of Parkers Lane, Dore, died in hospital four days after he was injured, with his family at his bedside.

Viduet said: “There have been no public hearings about my brother’s death – no court cases or even an inquest where people could be questioned under oath about what happened.

“There has been no public scrutiny of the facts surrounding the death.

“Kamlesh has been denied the right to life and nobody is being held responsible for what happened to him.”

BACKGROUND:

KAMLESH Ruparelia fled civil unrest in Uganda for a better life in the 1970s – and became a well-respected businessman in Sheffield.

As a 17-year-old he had arrived in the city to join two brothers already working here, one as a doctor and the other as a dentist. Kamlesh dreamed of becoming an electrical engineer.

Over the years he built up a number of successful businesses – two supermarkets on the Manor estate, one in Gleadless, and a takeaway, Kam n Sam’s, on Prince of Wales Road, Manor.

The part-time property developer offered an interpretation service in his spare time, and volunteered for a mental health charity in Rotherham.

He was also known for helping elderly neighbours with hospital visits and shopping trips.

His only son Nikhil, 24, whose mother died of cancer just a few months before his father was killed, said he was devastated by the loss of his ‘best friend’.

He said: “I’m all on my own now after losing my mum to cancer and then my dad in the attack.

“My dad was my best friend – we went on holiday together, spent our spare time together, we were really close.

“I don’t think there can be any justice in the world if somebody is attacked yet nobody gets prosecuted for doing it.”

Kamlesh’s sister Viduet, with whom he lived in Dore with his extended family, said her brother was a ‘gentle’ man who loved his family and enjoyed helping others.

“He was a gentle and shy man, a total altruist who liked helping others – whether it was taking elderly neighbours shopping or to hospital appointments, interpreting for people or helping out at a mental health charity.

“He was all the good things a human being can be. Our entire family came to Sheffield, where our brothers had studied at university. Kamlesh worked hard all his life.

“We came from Uganda to escape atrocities being experienced there in the 1970s, and we thought we were protected from that in Sheffield, where we found solace and peace.

“It is so ironic this has happened in the place we came to for safety.”

She added: “His death has had a traumatic impact on the entire family. What we are going through is incomprehensible and unacceptable and what we really hope is that this does not happen to any other families.

“When somebody you love is killed you put your trust in the criminal justice system, but we just feel totally let down.”