Thursday, October 10, 2019

Man burns wife to death because she wanted to leave

A husband accused of dousing his wife in petrol and setting her on fire was convinced she wanted to leave him, a court heard.

Kulwinder Singh allegedly murdered his 32-year-old wife Parwinder Kaur - who suffered burns to 90% of her body - at their home in December 2013.

Jurors were yesterday told how disputes over money and their future led to arguments. Chris Maxwell QC, prosecuting, said: "On the day of her death there was only $95.36 (£52) left in Mr Singh's bank account.

"What we have is a situation quite different to what Kulwinder Singh has encountered before, it is his wife saying to him a) 'I'm not going to contribute anymore' and b) 'I'm going to live my life without you'.


"The petrol-fuelled blaze that killed Ms Kaur burnt 90% of her body."

Singh told New South Wales Supreme Court his partner set herself on fire in their bedroom.

But Mr Maxwell insisted Ms Kaur's state of mind was "absolutely inconsistent" with her wanting to harm herself.

"She, you might think, would have been positive, would have been relieved about the future - her future," he said.

And Professor Peter Maitz, a burns specialist, told the jury the injuries suggested an accelerant was poured or thrown over her by someone else.

In his final words to the jury, Mr Maxwell said they could be satisfied of one thing beyond a reasonable doubt - "that Mr Singh set fire to his wife".

"And that being so it would be your solemn obligation ... to return a verdict of guilty to the crime of murder."

Singh denies murdering his wife at their home in Sydney, Australia.

The trial continues.

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