Singh murder trial: Both lovers guilty of murder, Crown says

  • 07/12/2015
Amandeep Kaur and Gurjinder Singh
Amandeep Kaur and Gurjinder Singh

By Lydia Anderson

A woman accused of helping her lover murder her husband struck the first killing blows with a knife, and took part in murder, the crown alleges.

Amandeep Kaur, 32, is standing trial alongside Gurjinder Singh, 27, for the murder of Kaur's husband Davender Singh.

Mr Singh, 35, had his throat slashed in the Auckland suburb of Papatoetoe, on August 7 last year while sitting with Kaur in their parked car.

The crown alleges the two co-accused were lovers who plotted the attack after Kaur's husband discovered their affair.

Both Kaur and Singh have given evidence, directly contrasting each other's version of events on the night of the killing.

Crown prosecutor Natalie Walker cross examined Kaur today, as the trial entered its fifth week.

Ms Walker alleged the night Mr Singh was killed, both Kaur and Singh participated in the fatal attack, and Kaur struck the first blows.

Kaur denied it, but Ms Walker said if Singh struck all the blows, Kaur at least helped by holding her husband down. Kaur agreed he was a strong man of a "good build", but denied holding him down.

A large scratch on the left side of her neck was caused by her husband struggling, Ms Walker said, but Kaur said it was her husband's love bite caused by "excessive sucking".

In response to questioning, Kaur said she had initially lied to police and friends that the killing was a robbery, because she wanted to hide her affair.

However, Ms Walker said both Singh and Kaur's families already knew about the affair and "the horse had bolted".

"The affair was already out there Mrs Kaur, you only lied to cover up the fact you and Gurjinder killed your husband," Ms Walker said.

The trial continues.