Drunk naked son killed father, 86, with a Bollinger bottle after parent found his secret booze cache

Drunk naked son, 54, battered his father to death with Bollinger bottle in fight at family home ‘after 86-year-old who did not like alcohol found his secret champagne stash’

  • A drunk son allegedly battered his father to death with a bottle of champagne 
  • The Old Bailey heard that Deekan Vig, 54, had been on a drinking binge at home 
  • He got into a fight with his father after his parent found his secret booze stash
  • During the struggle a bottle hit his father’s head causing horrific fatal injuries 

A drunken son who battered his father to death with a bottle of Bollinger told a court his parent attacked him first when he found his secret booze stash.

Deekan Vig, 54, was found lying on the floor naked surrounded by 100 bottles of champagne next to his dead father, Arjan Singh Vig, 86, following a whisky binge on October 30, 2021 at their home in Southgate, north London.

When police arrived at the scene, Vig said: ‘You’re too late. He’s been dead for an hour,’ before later adding: ‘I hit him on the head. I f***ing hit him with a bottle of f***ing champagne. F***ing champagne… I hate French champagne.’ 

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, Vig said a fight had erupted after his father discovered his secret booze stash, which ended up with the 86-year-old using his feet to ‘pummel’ the defendant’s chest, leaving him ‘struggling to breathe’. 

In a bid to ‘escape’, Vig started hurling bottles at his parent, with one striking his pensioner father on the head, causing blood to ‘splatter everywhere’. 

(Stock Image) Deekan Vig, 54, allegedly beat his father to death with a bottle of Bollinger champagne

‘After several throws it just went all quiet and on the last throw I saw this huge amount of blood just splatter everywhere, like an explosion,’ Vig told the court.

‘His head was on the back wall and blood came out, it was just horrific and he suddenly went silent, dead quiet.’

The impact caused ‘extensive and severe traumatic injuries’, leaving the pensioner with a broken skull, facial fractures with his brain ‘damaged so badly that death would have been swift, if not instantaneous,’ Prosecutor Deanna Heer said. 

On the day of the killing, Vig’s parents attended an event at the local Sikh temple at 2pm. They told their son they would be back at 4.30pm but they stayed longer than expected catching up with friends and did not return until 5.30pm.

When they returned Deekan told them they were late and went to his bedroom.

At around 9pm he started causing a loud banging from his room and when his mother Damanjit Veer, 85, heard him vomiting in his bedroom she assumed he had some kind of food poisoning.

Instead, the parents stumbled on Vig’s secret champagne collection, which the defendant told jurors he had gone to great lengths to hide as his father did not like alcohol for religious reasons.  

The accused told the court he felt ’embarrassed’ after being found naked and drunk with his hidden booze supply.

Vig claimed his father had been ‘gripping’ a bottle of champagne and that he began to ‘wrestle’ with his parent because he ‘wanted to grab the bottle from him’. 

‘I managed to get a good grip on the bottle and wrench it out of his hand,’ Vig told the court. 

‘I was feeling scared and intimidated and pretty shaken. I was thinking “why has he done this?”

‘I think it was because he doesn’t like alcohol, he doesn’t like alcohol at all.

‘This is something that is so secret and almost sacred and yet he was taking the bottle and almost taking the nick.

‘I was naked and I was embarrassed, why was he in my room anyway? He never comes into my room.

‘I’d gone to great lengths to keep this order a secret and he goes over and holds the bottle to my face and says “oh, look at this”.’

Vic told the court how he just wanted to ‘get away’ and ‘escape’ from his father after taking the champagne back.

He claimed the pair were both ‘wrestling, grabbing each other’s forearms’ and that he had pushed his 86-year-old parent back ‘quite forcefully towards the door’. 

‘He fell towards the door and managed to shut it with the palms of his hands,’ Vig continued. 

‘I was completely exhausted and I basically collapsed by the side of my bed and sat down.

‘He grabbed my shins quite tightly and then was thrusting his legs out. His feet were pushing hard against my chest.

(Stock Image) Deekan Vig admitted manslaughter but denied murder at The Old Bailey

(Stock Image) Deekan Vig admitted manslaughter but denied murder at The Old Bailey 

‘I felt incredible pressure on my chest and I couldn’t breathe properly.

‘I gasped out “I’m dying, I’m dying” because I couldn’t breathe.

‘I tried to grab his shins and get him away, dislodge his feet. He was so strong, they felt like concrete pillars coming towards me.

‘I was struggling to grab a bottle from behind me. I flung it really forcefully as hard as I could, I just wanted to stop him from pummelling my chest.

‘I threw it overarm with my right arm as hard as I could.

‘I did it with several bottles. He continued to come towards me and I threw another one.

‘After several throws it just went all quiet and on the last throw I saw this huge amount of blood just splatter everywhere, like an explosion.

‘His head was on the back wall and blood came out, it was just horrific and he suddenly went silent, dead quiet.’

Vig’s mother Damanjit Veer, 85, said in recorded video evidence that Vig had gone for a walk at around 7.30pm.

She said: ‘I had toast and tea and then my milk at half past eight before our religious programme.

‘When we were watching at about 9pm we heard a bang bang from Deekan’s room… It was very loud, like he’s hitting something,

‘Normally when we watch our programme he’ll come downstairs and get a cup of tea or get something out of the freezer for dinner, but he didn’t that evening.

The incident took place at the family home in Chelmsford Road, Southgate (pictured)

The incident took place at the family home in Chelmsford Road, Southgate (pictured)

‘We thought the banging was a bit more than usual but we were not that concerned, we were too engrossed in our religious programme.

‘At half past nine our programme finishes. That’s when I heard vomiting noises from his bedroom.

‘I said to Arjan, come quickly, Deekan’s vomiting.

‘I stood outside because two people can’t fit into that room. I saw Deekan was sitting on his leather chair, he wasn’t wearing a shirt.

‘Deekan was saying “ooh, I’m too hot, I’m burning, I’m dying, I’m dying, it’s 200 degrees”.

‘Arjan was slowly comforting him telling him to calm down.

‘Deekan said he has had half a bottle of whisky. It was a surprise because he never drinks. He also mentioned he’d had a quarter of a bottle the night before. He wasn’t himself.

‘He was out of control, he was drunk.’

She went to ring her daughter, who phoned the police.

Vig, of Southgate, admits manslaughter but denies murder, claiming he did not intend to kill his father.

The trial continues.

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