Tributes to Dalbagh Singh Malhi after knife death
FRIENDS of a man who died in the street from a knife wound have paid tribute to a 'bubbly and funny bloke'.
Dalbagh Singh Malhi, known as Bugsy, aged 29, died from a wound to the chest in Wellfield Road, Bentilee, on Sunday.
Mr Mahli's friend Adam Smith, aged 23, of Tiverton Road, Bentilee, said: "You would never find another guy like Bugsy.
"He was a bubbly and funny bloke. He would always make you laugh, no matter how depressed you were.
"He was always full of beans. I've known him for about 10 years. I got to know him through going into his family's shop. I had a phone call to tell me what happened and I was absolutely gutted. It was stomach churning.
"He knew loads of people and no one can believe it."
Mr Malhi's family run the Booze Bargains Extra off-licence in Beverley Drive. The shop was closed yesterday.
Tributes continued to flood in yesterday to a Facebook page set up in his memory, called "RIP Bugsy".
Sandra Mellor wrote: "Can't believe you are no longer with us, taken so soon. You will be remembered and never forgotten, you were a privilege to know. Our thoughts are with your family. You will be missed."
Emergency services were called to Wellfield Road around 12.45am on Sunday. Mr Malhi was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Six people were arrested and questioned soon after the incident, four of whom – two men aged 23 and 24 and two women aged 16 and 20 – have been released without charge.
Two other women, aged 21 and 29, have been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Specialist scenes of crime officers spent yesterday examining a nearby cordoned off house and were seen taking evidence out of the property. Chief Inspector Mark Dean, Local Policing Team Commander for Stoke-on-Trent South, said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Malhi at this very distressing time, and they are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.
"A detailed investigation to determine exactly what happened in the run-up to the incident is now underway.
"Local officers are also continuing to carry out high visibility patrols to reassure residents. Community newsletters are also being delivered to local people to ensure they are kept fully updated about the police activity in their area.
"I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that incidents of this nature are very rare."
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 39 of May 13 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
* Thirty-three-year-old Lee Shaw, from Smallthorne, was last night charged with Mr Mahli's murder. He will appear at North Staffordshire Magistrates Court in Fenton today. He remains in police custody.