Tragedy as ‘gentle soul’ brutally attacked in Luton hotel dies in coma

Ashwin Desai
Ashwin Desai

A “loving father” who was “randomly” attacked in a Luton hotel in September has tragically died in a coma on New Year’s Eve.

Canadian IT engineer Ashwin Desai was visiting the UK on a business trip when he was brutally assaulted at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel near Luton Airport on September 20.

Mr Desai – who was in his 40’s – died on December 31. He never recovered from the coma and brain injuries caused by the assault.

Reinis Bupolins, 21, from Latvia was arrested on September 20 at the scene and taken to Luton police station for questioning. The following day he was charged with attempted murder and a further count of assault against another man.

In a statement, Mr Desai’s family said: “Ashwin was a very gentle soul, someone who was always there for his friends and family, and active in the community in which he lived. He will be sorely missed.

“His simple and caring nature has made this world a better place to live in. Ashwin came from humble beginnings and, with dedicated hard work he built himself a happy life in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.”

Mr Desai leaves behind wife Prachi, a university professor, and their seven-year-old daughter.

Following the attack on September 20, Mr Desai was air lifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he was treated for multiple injuries including a severe brain injury.

On October 18 he was transferred to Hamilton General Hospital in Ontario, Canada.

His family added: “A month after the assault, he was still in a coma as doctors waited for his condition to improve. His doctors told his wife Prachi to prepare for the worst.

“Sadly, Ashwin never recovered from his coma. Prachi and his family were by his side at the hospital daily until he passed away.”

Beds, Herts and Cambs Police Major Crime Unit are currently reviewing the case with the Crown Prosecution Service in light of Mr Desai’s death.