Just before 10.00 am on Saturday 14th July, 41-year-old Gurinderjit Rai from Eastleigh was found dead in a car parked in a roughly hewn lay-by almost directly opposite the entrance to Corhampton Golf Club in Hampshire. A post-mortem confirmed his fatal wounds were inflicted by a shotgun charge. 

The location was in Shepherds Farm Lane which runs alongside the golf course. Despite being an isolated and quiet rural area, the lane is a well used and significant minor road. The nearest village is Corhampton to the east. Eastleigh via Bishops Waltham on the B3035 is 13 miles to the west.

News reports claimed the police considered it was a, “targeted killing”. On the 16th July Hampshire Police made an initial four arrests, three men in their 20’s from Winchester and one in his 30’s from Eastleigh. Other arrests have followed. Locals interviewed on regional radio expressed surprise that such a violent shooting murder could take place in their peaceful countryside surroundings.

What prompted my immediate interest in this shooting murder was what I refer to as the “Morstead shoot route”, a road I have studied for 6 years. This minor road extends for 9 miles running SE from Winchester as Morstead Road and concluding opposite the golf course as Corhampton Lane at the B3035. A staggered junction opposite is the northern end of Shepherds Farm Lane. At the Morstead Road junction in 2017 the Highways Authority replaced a large direction sign that had been damaged by penetration gunfire signatures and shotgun pattern blast on at least three separate occasions. When I asked the authority at the time why they had changed the sign, (top image 2019), they advised me it was a road safety initiative and the previous structure had been “vandalised”, (lower image, 2015). The engineer I communicated with to was unaware of any gunfire damage. This structure is 100 metres from the Corhampton Golf Club boundary.


I had found two other locations on the Morstead route, two and four miles before this junction. Both had been penetrated by single .45 rounds. One structure was replaced in 2017, one remains. Hampshire Police have been made aware of these firearm incidents in the past. Other examples of .45 single shot signatures can still be found through structures in nearby Anmore and Denmead.

None of my studies in this vicinity implies any direct connection to this shooting, but it is trait that I have seen before close to other rural shooting murder sites in the UK. The question is, why was Gurinderjit Rai here. Did he drive there, was he driven, was he lured, forced or trapped, was he meeting somebody? Was it indeed purely random? Did he know the area? Is the golf club important? What connection or relevance did the location have to the perpetrator? Criminal Psychologists and Profilers attach significance to the location of where murders are committed. 

2 thoughts on “WHO KILLED GURINDERJIT RAI – July 2019

  1. I think this goes back to samsons gym, and the owner. I think gurinder was double crossed by a Winchester guy, lead to a location where he thought a deal was taking place and was taken out. What else can the motive be? Maybe territorial is another motive. All I know is this was an utterly cowardly act, disgusting. A family without a son, husband father.

  2. In this day and age I know that through mobile mast triangulation mobile companies can accurately pinpoint any device that passes in any given masts range.
    I really feel that that more can be done to track down movements of any device, direction and speed!!
    I believe that if this had been the murder of…. say a policeman or other “respectable” “standup” person then authorities would have made a conviction by now.
    Obviously police may well be still looking at this type of data and the net may well be closing in on whoever did this.
    I know for a fact that the technology to track mobiles accurately was available and utilised back in 2000.
    The girl that was murderd down allington lane fair oak/ west end around 2000…. that perpetrator was identified by his phone signal which was detected by masts in the area.
    What do you think about this?

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