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Dr. Divyendu Sinha Murder Trial (NJ, USA): 2nd Defendant, Julian Daley Pleads Guilty to 1st Degree charge of “Aggravated Manslaughter”

Julian Daley Pleads Guilty to First Degree charge of “Aggravated Manslaughter” in a Plea Bargain Deal
1. As part of the plea bargain, Julian Daley pleaded guilty to the charge of “Aggravated manslaughter”, which is a First degree charge.  The Plea deal recommends a 15 year jail term in a state prison. Without a plea, he could have faced up to 30 years, if convicted. Please see full report below.

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Update-31 February 16, 2013  

 February 16, 2013  

 Dear Supporters of Sinha Family and Community Members:

Namaste. We communicated to you last on November 28, 2012 where we informed you that Steven Contreras, the driver of the car that carried other four defendants in the case of The State of New Jersey Vs. Steven K. Contreras for the murder of Dr. Divyendu Sinha on June 26, 2010 had accepted a plea bargain on November 27 under which he would be sentenced to no more than four years prison term.

Divyendu Sinha

(Dr. Divyendu Sinha 1961-2010: He was beaten to death by four teenagers on the night of June 25, 2010)

Since then, we were waiting for a trial date for the remaining four defendants.  On February 5, there was a conference of attorneys and the assistant prosecutor with the Judge Bradley Ferencz to set the trial date for three of the defendants, i.e., Cash Johnson, Christian Tinli and Christopher Conway.  That date is now set for August 5 of this year. However, based on our experience so far, we would not be surprised if it is pushed to sometime next year!

The prosecution had excluded Julian Daley (JD) from this discussion because it was discussing a plea deal with him. While he could be sentenced to 30 years to life if convicted on First Degree murder charge, prosecutor’s office was not confident of winning the case after the setback in Steven Contreras trial. Assistant Prosecutor, Christopher Kuberiet was ready to offer 15 years jail term to which Mrs. Sinha strenuously objected; ultimately a 20 year jail term was offered.

February 7 was put on calendar to enter Julian Daley’s guilty plea. Since we came to know that the prosecutor had agreed to  a 15 years of jail term instead of 20 years,  Mrs. Sinha wrote a letter to the judge not to accept the plea deal that was worked out between the Assistant Prosecutor and Julian Daley’s attorney, Mr. Mitchell Ansell. (This letter will follow as a separate blog.)

 So, on 7th afternoon we were at the Middlesex Superior Court in the court room of Judge Bradley Ferencz. The judge asked counsels from both sides to state their position.

Mr. Mitchell Ansell said that his client was ready to plead guilty. 

 Julian Daley pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter. He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, aggravated manslaughter and — in an unrelated case — aiding the burglary of his neighbor’s house in December, 2012.


Julain Daley

                                                                                                               Convicted Criminal Julian Daley


Mr. Mitchell Ansell went through a series of questions that he asked Julian Daley as per the standard procedure. 

Atty. Mitchell Ansell

Attorney Mitchell Ansell

Julian Daley answered “Yes” to the following questions:

Were you in the Town of Old Bridge on the night of June 25, 2010?

Did Steven Contreras stop the car?

Did four of you got out of the car?

Did for of you see Sinha family walking on the Fella Drive, Old Bridge?

Did four of you (Julian Daley, Christopher Conway, Christian Tinli and Cash Johnson) ran to the Sinha family and started swinging?

Did you strike Dr. Sinha?

Did you understand that there was a clear possibility of death because of your action?

That your reckless actions caused death of Dr. Sinha?

On June 30, 2010 you gave a statement to the police?

That statement was truthful?

 At this point, Assistant Prosecutor, Christopher Kuberiet asked:

You observed Christopher Conway and Christian Tinli hitting Dr. Sinha?

Julian Daley answered, ‘Yes.’

His attorney, Mitchell Ansell continued asking questions to Julian Daley:

On December 16, 2012 were you under house arrest?

That you could not leave your property without court approval?

That you instructed your friend, Ray to steal from your next door neighbor’s home?

That later this stolen property was found in your possession?

That you understand that by pleading guilty, you are waving your right to a trial?

Julian Daley answered, ‘Yes’ to the above questions.

JD answered in negative when he was asked if he was coerced, threatened, influenced or promised anything other than what was written in the plea deal.

Julian Daley answered “Yes” to following questions by his attorney, Mitchell Ansell:

You understand that:

you will not be paying any restitution but will pay $155 court fee?

you would be sentenced to up to 15 years?

you will spend time in a State prison?

you will serve at least 85% of the sentence because this is a violent crime, before being eligible for parole?

Your bail Is not forfeited?

You are pleading guilty because in fact, you are guilty and not because of any other consideration?

Mr. Ansell further told JD that at the time of sentencing the prosecutor and members of Sinha family will speak.

Before sentencing, the judge will do extensive review of your life; your

education history, health history and family history will be evaluated

before imposing the sentence. He may or may not accept the plea deal. If the judge does not accept the plea deal, then at that time you could withdraw your guilty plea of your free will.

You have to testify truthfully at the trial of remaining three defendants; if you don’t, this plea becomes null and void.

If your plea becomes null and void, you will face up to 45 years in a state prison for all the charges.

Judge Bradley Frencez

Judge Bradley Ferencz of Middlesex County Superior Court, NJ

Now, the Judge, Bradley Ferencz  addressed Julian Daley.

Do you understand that:

the plea is between you, your lawyer and the Prosecutor. The Court is not a party to it?

once the plea is accepted, it is permanent?

you have stated that you have spoken to your lawyer?

that he has answered all your questions?

That he has served you well?

Julian Daley answered, ‘Yes’ to the above questions.

The judge further asked:

Do you understand the form (guilty plea)? Answer : Yes.

Whose signature is on that form? JD: Mine.

You have read and understood the guilty plea and the deal without any pressure?

Your answers are honest and truthful?

You were not threatened or forced to accept the deal and plead guilty?

You are/were not under influence of any drug. Alcohol, medicine that would impair your ability to make a decision?

that the State has asked that you be sentenced to 15 years in a prison?

If I accept the plea, I will sentence you to 15 years?

Julian Daley answered, ‘Yes’ to the above questions.

 The judge further said:

If I do not accept the plea, I will impose a longer sentence; If I do not accept the plea, I will let you know. You can withdraw your guilty plea and ask for a trial and whatever you said today cannot be used against you in the trial.

If you do not cooperate with the prosecution (as a part of the plea bargain), the plea stands, that is, you remain guilty and you cannot ask for a trial but your sentence will be increased to up to 20 years.

You will be on probation for five years after serving your sentence. If you violate probation any time after serving your sentence you will have to serve the full term under the law (20 years.)

JD answered yes to each statement indicating that he understood the implications of his decision to plead guilty and consequences of failing to cooperate.

 Judge mentioned that he had received Mrs. Alka Sinha’s letter. He said that he could not act on it as yet; he will wait for the pre-sentencing report and then he will take her letter in consideration.

The above process lasted about 25 minutes. Then at 2:20 P.M. the judge announced that he had accepted the negotiated Guilty plea of Julian Daley.

With the consent of defense attorney and the Assistant Prosecutor, the judge deferred the sentencing to September 9 at 1:30 PM. 

This paves way for  the next trial of remaining three defendants, i.e.,  Christian Tinli, Christopher Conway and Cash Johnson.


Christian Tinli
Christopher Conway                                   Cash Johnson

   Christian Tinli                        Christopher Conway                            Cash Johnson

That trial will start on August 5, 2013. We will keep you posted of developments. Let us not lose the focus. We want to work together as a community of law abiding citizens as this affects all- US Citizens, Indian immigrants, Blacks, Whites and Asians as well as people of any religious persuasion. When the trial starts, we will need your support in being present in the court as you did for the first trial.

On behalf of Ms. Alka Sinha and the family, we thank you for your tremendous support.

Brotherly yours,

Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA)

Blog: <>, Twitter:<!/vicharak1>


Disclaimer: This is a synopsis of court hearing based on notes taken by me. Not all communications are captured and while I attempt to be as accurate as possible, there may be legal points that could have been missed or misinterpreted. – Gaurang 

Sign petiition for Justice to Dr. Divyendu Sinha (murdered)’s Family

Appeal to sign Petition for Justice to Dr. Divyendu Sinha’s Family

Almost two and a half years back Dr. Divyendu Sinha, a computer scientist  was attacked by five teenagers when he was out for an evening stroll with his family in Old Bridge, New Jersey. While his two sons were injured, Divyendu Sinha died due to head injuries after four days.

Volunteers of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) of America (VHPA) have been with the family from day one and are monitoring the cases as they move through the legal system.

There have been inordinate delays in prosecuting the case and the trial of the first defendant, Steven Contreras, driver of the car resulted in acquittal on most serious charge of first degree murder. On one charge that was not resolved by the jury, he was able to obtain a slap on the wrist by pleading guilty to reckless aggravated assault where he would not receive more than four years of prison time.

No trial date has been set for the remaining four defendants and we are concerned that they would be offered a lenient plea deal as well to avoid a trial.  Even if the case goes to trial it will take months as for one or the other reason, this case is relegated to a back seat. (Please see the background of this case below.) Therefore, we need your help now to put enough pressure on the Prosecutor so that he may not bargain away Sinha family’s rights to fair justice through a speedy trial and punishment of the guilty to fit the crime.

Please click on the petition to the prosecutor:

< on the right side where it says Sign this petition, fill out necessary information and click Sign.

 Please circulate this email widely to your contacts and mail groups in USA and all over the world. We cannot bring back Divyendu Sinha but together, through thousands of signature we can compel the prosecutor to strive to get maximum sentence to the perpetrators of this crime.

Thank you.

Gaurang G. Vaishnav



Two and a half years ago, on the night of June 25, 2010, Dr. Divyendu Sinha, 49,was out for a walk with his wife and two sons near his home in Old Bridge, NJ., when they were attacked by four teenagers for no apparent reason. They beat Dr. Sinha with their fists and feet, knocking him to the ground. His two sons were beaten as well. Dr. Sinha succumbed to 

                                                                                                           Divyendu Sinha

                                                                                                                                                                                 Dr. Divyendu Sinha (1961-2010)

his injuries four days later.After beating Dr. Sinha, the four teenagers ran back to the car and fled. They bragged to each other about what they had done and how much they enjoyed it. Julian Daley, 16, Christian Tinli, 18, Christopher Conway, 17, Cash Johnson, 17, along with the driver of the car, Steven Contreras, 17, were charged with murder and other lesser counts.

Earlier this year, on May 8th, 2012, in a verdict that devastated many, including the Sinha family, a jury found the driver of the get-away car, Steven Contreras, Not Guilty of murder, and could not reach a verdict on the count of reckless manslaughter, for which he could be re-tried. Subsequently, he pleaded Guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, and faces up to four years in prison, in a plea bargain with the Prosecutor’s Office.

It has been two and a half years since the murder of Dr. Sinha, and no trial date has been set for the remaining four defendants. We must demand that the trial begin in short order without further delay.

The murder of Dr. Sinha was a heinous crime perpetrated on a good man, a good family man, a good citizen. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1982, authored a number of technical papers in computer science. After teaching stints at Stevens Institute of Technology and at the College of Staten Island, he worked at Siemens, an international electronics and engineering company. His students, business associates, friends and family, have nothing but kind words to describe him, and are devastated by his murder. We must demand that the remaining four defendants be tried for 1st degree murder, convicted and sentenced to life in State prison. Nothing will bring Dr. Sinha back to us, but we must ensure that justice is served on his killers.

Old Bridge, NJ is a suburban town of roughly 66,000, and rarely encounters violent crime. This murder has shaken the town, and its residents are awaiting justice in order to restore their safety and security.


Dr. Divyendu Sinha Murder Trial Starts in New Jersey Court- Day 1

This week there are three court dates: April 17, 19 and 20 (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday).

Next week Trial dates are: April 24, 25, 26, and 27 (Tuesday to Friday.)

Time is from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with one hour lunch break, usually from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. If you plan to attend, either arrive by 8:45 AM or 1:15 PM at court room #501.  Also keep 10 minutes for security check. Please call me at 732-754-1727 or send email to , if you are coming.

TV Asia will broadcast “Sinha Family’s Fight for Justice” on its Community Round UP orgiram on Tuesday, April 17 at 10:30 PM ET (7:30 PM PT) and again repeat it on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 PM ET.

April 16, 2012

Dear Supporters of Sinha Family and Community Members:

Namaste.  As mentioned in the previous update, after a long wait of almost 22 months first trial in Dr. Divyendu Sinha’s murder case started on Friday, April 13 at 11:00 AM.  First day ended at 4:00 PM. We had good community support with 20 people filling up two front benches.

The attack on the Sinha family occurred on the night of June 25, 2010 around 11:20 PM. Dr. Sinha died of head injuries on June 28.

Attackers who were indicted by a Grand Jury are: Steven Contreras 18, Cash Q. Johnson, 18, Christian M. Tinli, 19, Christopher Conway, 18, and Julian C. Daley, 17.

While Steven Contreras is being tried separately, trial of the remaining four defendants will tentatively start on July 10.


Dr. Divyendu Sinha (1961-2010)

Case is heard in the Middlesex County Superior Court of Ho. Judge Bradley Ferencz (BF).

For the State:  Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet (CK).

Defense Attorney: Hassen Abdellah (HA).

State vs. Steven Contreras

Steven Contreras.jpg

    Steven Contretras

Prosecutor File #2010-2581

Indictment: 10-11-01628

There were three components of the first day of the trial of Steven Contreras, driver of the car that took the four assailants to and from the scene of murderous attack on Divyendubhai.

Opening Statement by the Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet (CK).

Opening Statement by the Defense Attorney, Hassen Abdellah (HA).

Testimony and cross examination of Alkabahen Sinha, wife of late Divyendu Sinha.

Here is a brief summary:

Opening Statement by Christopher Kuberiet (CK):

  • Steven Contreras (SC) and his accomplices’ first victim was Anthony Martina who car was chased into a cul-de-sac because he allegedly cut them off on the road.
  • SC assisted and allowed the others to attack Dr. Sinha.
  • SC heard the screams but neither did ne intervene, nor did he call for help (Police, 911).
  • SC neither respects human life nor the rule of law. At the end of this case, you (jury) will find him guilty of homicide.
  • The crime occurred in front of 6 Fela Dr., Old Bridge (Note: Sinhas live at 25 Fela Dr.)
  • SC made a choice to murder Dr. Sinha.
  • SC chose to associate with and co-conspire with the other defendants.
  • SC chose to stop his car, chose to allow others to leave the car.
  • SC chose to stand by and watch.
  • SC chose to not assist the Sinha family.
  • SC hindered police investigation.
  • SC deleted text messages.
  • SC chose to ignore Alka Sinha’s screams for help.

To the Jury: Your job is to look at the facts and find just cause by application of Law, as will be explained by the Judge, Ferencz.

Judge Bradley Frencez.jpg

Judge Bradley Ferencz

You are sworn to be fair and just in application of Law to both parties, without bias, prejudice or emotion and beyond reasonable doubt.

Here, Mr. Kuberiet gave short life sketch of Divyendu Sinha since his arrival in USA in 1982.

  • Divyendu Sinha went for a walk with his family as many of us do; a walk from which, he never came home.
  • SC went to Wendy’s with Daley, Jonson, Tinli and Daley’s girlfriend, Casey Raymond.
  • Around 11:00 PM, SC, Daley, Johnson, Tinli and Conway left Wendy’s with SC driving.
  • They were allegedly cut off by Anthony Martino, they gave chase but Martino managed to speed away.
  • Julian Daley was giving instructions to SC as he continued the chase.  They cornered Martino in a cul-de-sac at Press Mill Dr. SC blocked the exit with his car.  Still Martino was able to escape. One of the defendants picked up a solar powered light fixture from a nearby lawn and threw at the car. This caused damage worth $2200.
  • SC did not go home after this. He did not drop off Julian Daley at his house nearby on Morning side Dr.
  • They kept driving. Conway points out the Sinhas.
  • SC parks the car and turns lights off.
  • Julian Daley, Christian Tinli, Cash Johnson and Christopher Conway walk up behind Sinhas. Tinley taps Divyendu Sinha on his shoulder and says, “I want to ask a question.” As Sinha turns around, he throws firs punch on his right temple.
  • They attack Divyendu Sinha and his two sons, Ashish (16 years) and Ravi (12 years.)  Then they run to the car and SC drives them off.
  • Alka Sinha goes in ambulance with Divyendu to Raritan Bay Hospital. They are there at 12:05 AM.
  • Dr. Reddy orders Catscan and decides Divyendu Sinha has cerebral Hemorrhage.  Divyendu is transferred to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick.
  • Dr. Michelle Tinti in the Emergency room decides that Divyendubhai’s condition is worsening.
  • On June 28, Doctor Vincent G. declared Divyendu Sinha brain dead.
  • Around same time Martino called Old Bridge police to report the incident with SC and others.  Old Bridge police had interviewed SC on June 26.
  • Old Bridge Police arrested SC on July 1 at 4:00 PM.

Mr. Kuberiet listed 10 indictments against SC. Some of them are:

  1. Conspiracy to commit aggravated assault
  2. Conspiracy to commit riot
  3. Aggravated assault
  4. Property Damage
  5. Murder
  6. Riot
  7. Hindering apprehension/prosecution of others
  8. Hindering one’s own apprehension/prosecution

CK then talked about four theories of culpability. These are: Principal, Accomplice (Aiding and Abetting), Co-Conspirator and Co-Conspirator (Offenses not within the scope of Co-Conspiracy but with reasonable and foreseeable natural consequence of the conspiracy.)

CK listed 34 witnesses whom he plans to call. The list includes doctors who treated Divyendu Sinha, Medical Examiner who performed the autopsy, Police officers and detectives, Mrs. Alka Sinha and Divyendubhai and Alkabahen’s sons, Ashish and Ravi.

CK ended his 50 minute statement asking the Jury to keep open mind, to listen to the witnesses, to evaluate witness credibility and come to court prepared to work and bring logic and not bias, bring intellect and not emotions.

Defense Attorney, Hassen Abdellah (HA)’s Opening Statement:


                                               Hassen Abdellah

  • Kuberiet has blamed SC for the state of mind and conduct of others (4 defendants.)
  • Was SC’s specific intent to murder?
  • Did this young man even physically touched Divyendu Sinha or Martino?  He was behind the wheel.
  • Jury’s intent is to be fair and impartial.
  • SC did not share state of mind or intention of four defendants. He did not share same criminal purpose. There is no proof whatsoever.
  • Weigh police witness’s credibility like any other witness’s.
  • Those police officers were not there; they did not know SC’s state of mind.
  • SC identified the people in his car.
  • Mere presence at the scene of crime is not culpable.
  • Weigh quantity vs. quality of the evidence. Look at the totality of the circumstances.
  • Pay attention to text messages. How many times is SC mentioned?
  • SC is not a murderer. He did not want anyone to engage in the murder.

HA finished his statement in 11 minutes.

Mrs. Alka Sinha on the Witness stand:

Alkabahen was the first witness for the State.


Dr. Divyendu & Mrs. Alka Sinha

Old Bridge.JPG

Mrs. Alka Sinha testifying- Photo Courtesy Jerry McCrea, The Star Ledger 

  • Mr. Kuberiet asked at length questions about Alkabahen’s age, education, when married, where did Divyendubhai worked, what he did at his work, his commute time, his time at home, etc.  Divyendubhai worked as a manager in imaging division of Siemens in Tarrytown, NY, a 70 miles, one way commute. He would come home around 7:30 PM and spend the time with the family. They had been married for 20 years; Alkabahen holds a M.S. in Computer Science.
  • To a question, how would she describe June 25, she said that it was the worst day of her life.
  • Next set of questions was about their movement on that fateful night. They left home at 11:00 PM for a walk. CK asked about relative positions of all four members of the family; i.e., whether they were in one line or behind each other, in what group formation, distance between each of them, etc.
  • Alkabahen was asked as to what they were taking while on the walk. It was a typical talk about upcoming barbeque and younger son Ravi’s robotics summer class in which he wanted help form his father.
  • Then, CK asked Alkabahen to narrate the minutes before the attack, attack and minutes after the attack.
  • They were on their return leg, when they heard footsteps following them, which was quite unusual.  They decided to walk faster to their home (only a few hundred feet away.)  Then one of the assailants taped Divyendubhai on the shoulder and said, “I want to ask you a question.” As Divyendubhai turned around that person (later identified as Christian Tinli) punched him above his right ear. Divyendubhai moved with the force and then all of them started throwing punches and kicking. They punched Ashish and Ravi and went around taking turns. Alkabahen started screaming for help. By now Divyendubhai was lying on the grass at 6 Fela Dr. trying to protect his head with his forearm. He asked them why they were beating him.  Suddenly the attackers realized that the family they had attacked was neighbors to a fried of theirs. So they all ran to a dark color car (that of SC) which was parked at the corner of Fela and Nathan. There was joy of accomplishment as they ran towards the car.
  • Alkabahen and Ashish supported Divyendubhai as they wanted to reach their home but after only a few steps, Divyendubhai was limping on the left side and could not walk further; Ravi was complaining of dizziness. Alkabahen set down on the curb at the corner of Fela and Raven with Divyendubhai’s head in her lap. He was complaining that his head was hurting and he asked Alkabahen to take him home.  Ashish, the elder son called their next door neighbor’s elder son, Brian Sousso, and 911.  Brian came and called a neighborhood doctor, Jamey Vuy (name not clear). Dr. J. brought water and juice for Divyendubhai but he could not drink. Dr. J. put his jacket around Divyendubhai to keep him warm.
  • Then the police and ambulance came. They decided to take Divyendubhai to Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge which was the nearest facility. Alkabahen arranged for Ravi to be taken care of by wife of Dr. J. and she asked Brian to take Ashish to a hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises on his face. Alkabahen accompanied Divyendubhai to the hospital.
  • Time elapsed between the attack and reaching hospital was about 20 minutes. At the hospital, initially Divyendubhai was able to describe the attack, but soon his response time started getting longer. He could not move his limbs on the left and then on the right upon doctor’s instructions. His speech was not clear.  Raritan Bay Medical Center does not have a trauma center so Divyendubhai was transferred to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital (RWJ) in New Brunswick around 3:00/3:30 AM.  Alkabahen was waiting outside in the emergency room for 30 to 45 minutes while Divyendubhai was inside.  When she saw him, he could not communicate and he could not see her. He was (close to) brain dead. He was transferred to ICU room.
  • To a question from Mr. Kuberiet, Alkabahen said that Divyendubhai never left RWJ and he never came back to his home from that walk.
  • While at the hospital for three days (Divyendubhai was declared brain dead on June 28 early morning.). Alkabahen did speak to Detective Morris and Paul Miller. Alkabahen did not give a statement to the police until July 10, 2010 as she was not in a position to do so.
  • To another question, she replied that they had never known the assailants and that there was no bad blood between them and her family. She also said that they did not fight back when the guys attacked them.
  • After her deposition, Mr. Kuberiet showed her several aerial photos of the crime scene and neighborhood which she identified and signed so that these could be introduced as exhibits in the trial.
  • Defense Attorney HA asked only a couple of questions mainly insisting that the photos she had identified were taken in day light (presumably to stress that the crime took place at night.)

Alkabahen was on the stand for 90 minutes. She faced the reliving of the painful and horrendous memory with courage and bravery. She was composed most of the time, though she did breakdown a couple of times, which is but natural.   The Judge called it a day at the end of Alkabahen’s testimony.

We know that the whole society, Indian Americans as well as Americans are with her in her quest for justice.  Please also visit our web site; you may also leave your thoughts there.

You may also see newspaper reports at: and

Please forward this to your contacts and encourage them to attend the trial.

Thank you.

Brotherly yours,

Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA)

Indian American Defense League (IADL)


Blog at <>, Twitter at<!/vicharak1>

Court Address, Directions and Parking Information:

Middlesex County Superior Court

56 Paterson Street, Fifth Floor (Judge Ferencz’s Court Room)

New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2014

(732) 519-3200 ‎

Click for Directions

The court is on the fifth floor. Look for the Judge Bradley Ferencz’s court room (Go to the Right from the elevator).

Paid Parking (very reasonable rates) is available at several locations.

Ferren Deck on Church Street is most convenient, as you can access the court house by following signs (third floor) from the parking deck itself.

For GPS and MapQuest directions to Ferren Deck, use

180 Church Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901 or click here.

 (If you are coming off Rte. 18 and going South on Rte. 27, Turn left at light for Nelson St., then first right on Church St. Go through one traffic light and one stop sign and turn right into Ferren Deck parking. Access to the Court House is from the third floor with clear signage.)

On street parking with meters is available but very difficult to find. For free on street parking, one has to walk several blocks; it is generally available on side streets off Livingston Ave., west of Suydam street (15-20 minutes walk).

If you care coming by train (NJ transit), it is only five minute walk from the New Brunswick station. (Across Rte. 27/French St., enter Feren Mall and go to third floor, follow signs for Middlesex Superior Court.)

Disclaimer: This is a synopsis of court hearing based on notes taken by me. Not all communications are captured and while I attempt to be as accurate as possible, there may be legal points that could have been missed or misinterpreted.- Gaurang 


Dr. Divyendu Sinha Murder Trial to start in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey Today- Appeal for Community Support

Dear Supporters of Sinha Family and Community Members:

Namaste. Those in New Jersey may have seen Alkabahen Sinha’s interviews in the Star Ledger and Home News Tribune (Reproduced below.) Many of you may have seen front page article on the upcoming trial in India Abroad. As you know, Dr. Divyendu Sinha, husband of Alkabahen was assaulted by four teenagers on the night of June 25, 2010 in front of his house in Old Bridge, NJ when he was out for a walk with his wife and two sons. He succumbed to his injuries three days later. 

Yesterday, TVAsia had a brief interview of Mrs. Manisha Muzumdar, a close friend of Alkabahen and myself. This will appear in TVAsia’s Community Round Up program today (April 10) at 10:30 PM EDT 97:30 PM West Coast) and again on Community Round up on April 11 at 7:30 PM EDT.

                                                                                                                                      Dr. Divyendu Sinha  was a Life Member of VHPA

Both India Abroad and TVAsia will cover the trial. As mentioned in previous email, Jury selection begins today and it is expected that the jury will be in place by end of Wednesday. If that happens then the  opening statement will be made on Thursday, April 12. Soon after that Alkabahen will be testifying. We encourage you to be preset at that time to show your moral support to Alkabahen at that most difficult moment of relieving the nightmare. We will be updating the web site, on daily basis. Please consult it before making your plans and also to update yourself with the progress of the case. In the middle of the trial, the younger son of Sinhas, Ravi will testify and almost at the end of the trial, older son, Ashish will testify. You should plan to at least attend during those times. The trial is expected to last from two to three weeks.

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Courtesy: Star Ledger

Widow of Old Bridge beating victim plans to testify

Published: Sunday, April 08, 2012, 11:00 AM     Updated: Sunday, April 08, 2012, 2:41 PM
John O’Boyle/The Star-LedgerAlka Sinha whose her husband,
Divyendu, died in June 2010 after a beating, allegedly by four
teenagers. The background is a photo of her husband that was
used in a candlelight vigil.

OLD BRIDGE — When asked about her husband of 20 years, she cries.

“I relied on him to do everything,” she said.

And now, with two sons to raise, and two emotional trials looming, she misses him even more.

While on a stroll with his family late on a warm June night in Old Bridge in 2010, Divyendu Sinha, a 49-year-old computer scientist, was attacked near his Fela Drive home by five local teenagers in a night of senseless “wilding,” authorities say.

His wife and children watched in horror as four of the teens assaulted Sinha with their fists and feet, prosecutors said. The teens also are charged with attacking one of Sinha’s sons.

Before the night ended, Sinha was on life support at a New Brunswick hospital — while the teens bragged about the attack in text messages, investigators said. As Sinha fought for his life, the teens were arrested and charged with the beating. When he died four days later, the charges were upgraded to murder.

One of those teens, Steven Contreras goes on trial Tuesday — the first of two trials in the case.

Until now, Alka Sinha — who will testify for the prosecution — had not granted any interviews since the days immediately following the attack.

Sitting in her family room, next to a picture of her husband on an 8-foot poster that was displayed during his memorial service, Alka Sinha, 47, said the past 22 months have been a nightmare. She has attended every court hearing involving the five teenagers — Contreras, Cash Johnson, Julian Daley, Chris Conway and Christian Tinli. She wants justice for her husband.

Widow looking forward to getting justice
Widow looking forward to getting justice“I’m looking forward to getting justice”.
Alka Sinha talks about her husband, Divyendu, who died in June 2010 after a
beating, allegedly by four teenagers. (video by Sue Epstein and John O’Boyle)Watch video

“What I have lost, I will never be able to gain that again,” she said. “The void I have and my children have, it will always be there. Maybe one day, whatever is left in my life, I can move on with that.”

In the days after the attack, friends told her to take it “one day at a time,” Sinha said, “and I am following that advice, but it is very hard. There are a lot of decisions to make, decisions about the children, about finances, about the house.

“We made big decisions together, but he handled even the small things,” she said.

Sinha said her sons, Aashish, 18, and Ravi, 14, are pillars of support for her. One of the boys was injured in the beating, but not seriously, authorities said.

“They are very strong and they support me when I grow weak,” she said. “I’m glad they are very focused on their education. It is what their father wanted.”

When asked to describe her husband, Sinha began to cry quietly. Eventually, the words came out, slowly at first, but then more easily.

“He was the most wonderful person, such a loving and caring husband and father,” she said.

They moved to their Old Bridge neighborhood 18 years ago “because it was a nice, quiet, diverse neighborhood.”

“Before the incident, I never thought it could happen in this neighborhood,” Sinha said. “We felt secure and safe.”

She will be a witness at this week’s trial and at the second trial of the other four teenagers, scheduled for July 10. She said simply, “I am looking to get justice.”


file photosTop row from left, Cash Johnson, 17, and Christian Tinli, 18,
and bottom row from left, Julian Daley, 16, and Chris Conway, 17
are four out of the five defendants in the Old Bridge slaying case.
A photo for Steven Contreras, 17, was not available.

She said she has drawn strength from her neighbors and members of the Old Bridge community who have helped her since “minutes after the incident.”

“From the little things to the biggest thing, they are always there for me,” she said.

Gil Derose, who lives across the street on Fela Drive, and Nick Ricciardi, who lives down the road, said they plan on attending the trial in New Brunswick before Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz. Neither witnessed the attack on their neighbor.

Derose said his sons knew of the five teenagers charged with the murder, four of whom were star athletes at Old Bridge High School.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “When we found out who (was arrested), I couldn’t believe they were high school kids here, local kids who were athletes.”

Ricciardi said his initial reaction to the attack and Divendyu Sinha’s death was “sadness for Alka and the boys and anger that these were neighborhood kids” who were arrested and charged.

Contreras is being tried separately because he implicated the other four in a statement he gave to investigators within days of the attack. Authorities said Contreras, who was 17 at the time, told investigators that, after a night of drinking that included several bottles of malt liquor, they went cruising, looking for someone to fight. Contreras denied he had been drinking.

Their last stop of the night was Fela Drive, where one of the teens saw what he thought were kids about 11:25 p.m. The “kids” turned out to be Sinha and his family.

Contreras told investigators Conway, Johnson, Daley and Tinli got out of the car and went after the group. Seconds after the attack, the four came running back and told him to leave. Contreras said he never saw the Sinha family, because he had stayed near the car.

The five teens are charged with murder and conspiracy in connection with Sinha’s death. They are also charged with assaulting a motorist a short time before the attack on Sinha.

Courtesy: Home News Tribune

Jury selection begins this week in trial of 1 of 5 accused in beating death of Old Bridge man

5:31 PM, Apr. 6, 2012  |
Divyendu Sinha
Divyendu Sinha
Written by
Gene Racz
Staff Writer
MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Alka Sinha said her life, and the life of her family, has been turned “upside down” since her husband was fatally beaten by a group of five teenagers as the family took an evening stroll near their Old Bridge home nearly two years ago.

Jury selection will begin on Tuesday in Superior Court, New Brunswick, in the trial of one of those defendants, Steven K. Contreras, charged with murdering Divyendu Sinha, a 49-year-old computer scientist whose two sons, ages 16 and 12 at the time, also were assaulted.

Contreras, who will turn 19 on April 21, is being tried separately because of statements he made to authorities during the investigation that implicated the other four defendants, who are scheduled to stand trial for murder on July 10.

Prosecutors said Sinha was walking outside his home on Fela Drive, near Route 9, on June 25, 2010, when the group of Old Bridge High School students pulled up in a car and beat him and his sons. Alka was not harmed in the incident, but Sinha died three days later from a head injury suffered during the assault. Authorities said no weapons were used.

“He was a wonderful person to his family, to friends — a wonderful father and actually a mentor to our kids,” Alka said on Friday. “We used to do things together as a family. We used to wait for him come back from work and do different things, whether it was general discussion on current affairs or going to see something with the children. Those things are not there anymore.

“You cannot imagine how it has affected our children.”

The five defendants also are charged with assaulting Anthony Martino, 18, of Old Bridge, a motorist who was attacked minutes before the assault on Sinha and his sons.

Steven K. Contreras

Steven K. Contreras
 The other four defendants in the case are Cash Q. Johnson, 18, Christian M. Tinli, 19, Christopher Conway, 18, and Julian C. Daley, 17. All defendants are residents of Old Bridge and were either 16 or 17 at the time of the assault.

Prosecutors severed Contreras’ trial from the other four defendants because, during the trial, his statements might contain information about the other -defendants who then would have a right to call Contreras as a witness to contradict the statements or cross-examine him. That would be in direct conflict with Contreras’ Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Contreras’ lawyer, Hassen Abdellah, could not immediately be reached for comment.

An earlier Family Court decision allowed the five defendants to be tried as adults, and each faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder.

“I want justice,” Alka said. “We live in a society where we have a justice system that works. I believe in our justice system and I’m looking forward to getting justice. We have gotten a lot of support from all around — in that way I’m blessed. I’m just looking forward to having the similar kind of support for the upcoming days.”

Nikhil Muzumdar said his family was very close with the Sinhas, whose children, he said, were about the same age as his. The families vacationed together.

“We’re close family friends, and this was a real loss for us,” Muzumdar said. “He was a real kind and very caring man, and he always wanted to help others in everything that he did. He helped his students — they have a lot of good things to say about him and have shown a lot of support to Mrs. Sinha.”

Alka said her husband had started teaching computer science at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken and also taught at the College of Staten Island in the City University of New York (CUNY). Divyendu, who was raised in Patna, India, according, held doctorates in philosophy and computer science.

Authorities said the 11-count grand jury indictment was handed up following an investigation that revealed no evidence that the attack on Martino, the attack on Sinha and his family, or the subsequent plan to assault another victim, was motivated by the victims’ race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ethnicity, as required by New Jersey’s Bias Intimidation Law.

In addition to murder, the grand jury charged the five defendants with various counts of aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. Additionally, the grand jury accused the defendants of riot and a related count of conspiracy, contending they acted as a group to commit crimes.

The five also were charged with two counts of hindering for trying to protect themselves and each other from prosecution by concealing evidence or misrepresenting facts about the attacks.

Along with the assault charges, the grand jury also charged the defendants with criminal mischief for damaging the car that was being driven by Martino.

Judge Bradley J. Ferencz will preside over Contreras’ trial.

“What happened was a real tragedy and I wouldn’t wish it to happen to even our worst enemy,” Muzumdar said. “It really completely destroyed a lot of things here in our day-to-day lives and we miss him a lot.”

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