A Businessman has been found guilty of strangling his wife and allowing his children to find her body.
A Businessman has been found guilty of strangling his wife after first incapacitated her with chili powder. Gurpreet Singh, aged 45, was tried at Birmingham Crown Court for the murder of his wife, Sarbjit Kaur at the family home in Rookery Lane, Penn, on February 16, 2018.
The court heard how the husband had murdered his wife and then attempted to cover his tracks by staging a burglary. When interviewed by police he initially gave a “perfectly plausible explanation” but later on the cracks in his story started to show.
At the time of his wife’s death the CCTV footage from the family home was disabled, although a neighbouring house’s CCTV was working and covered his driveway. Singh had claimed that only he and his wife had been at home but the neighbour’s CCTV footage showed a third person who could not be identified due to what they were wearing.
There were further inconsistencies in the father’s story including how in the burglary many items had been left in the house, even though they were expensive. Also the police could not find that the house had been forcibly broken into.
During the sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court Judge Simon Drew said, “You have been convicted of the murder of your wife. She died as a result of a planned and premeditated attack
“I am quite satisfied you took the lead.
“Chilli powder was used to incapacitate her. She was strangled, she clearly struggled. You then tried to cover up by ransacking the house. You pretended to undertake a normal day.
“You pretended to find Sarbjit dead in the workroom
“You pretended to be overcome with grief – that was a sham.”
The father who left his children without a mother has now been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 19 years to be served.
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