Singh murder trial: 'Scorned lover' acted alone

  • 03/12/2015
Amandeep Kaur and Gurjinder Singh
Amandeep Kaur and Gurjinder Singh

A woman accused of murder is giving evidence in court after her former lover and co-accused gave evidence saying she alone killed her husband.

Amandeep Kaur, 32, is standing trial alongside Gurjinder Singh, 27, at the High Court in Auckland 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.

Kaur has chosen to give evidence, after Singh earlier gave evidence.

Her defence lawyer John Anderson gave his opening address this morning.

Kaur had married her husband in an arranged marriage in India 14 years ago, and the couple had come to New Zealand for jobs, where they worked long hours and sent large sums of money home, Mr Anderson said.

Kaur admitted she began a "passionate" affair with her workmate at Sistema Plastics, Singh.

After her husband found out, he beat her, and when she told Singh this, he made a throat slitting gesture, Mr Anderson said.

Kaur did not initially believe Singh meant to kill her husband, and dismissed it as "school yard talk".

However she eventually realised he was serious, and went along with the plan because she was a victim of domestic violence, he said.

But the day before her husband was killed, she wrote Singh a note telling him she wanted to call it off, and didn't want to continue their affair.

Singh did not accept her rejection.

"Hell hath no fury like a lover scorned," Mr Anderson said.

On August 7, Kaur's husband picked her up from work, and the two stopped by the side of the road on Norman Spencer Drive for some quiet time away from their flatmates.

At this point Singh, who had followed them, approached the car and began arguing with Mr Singh through the driver's window.

Mr Anderson alleged Kaur sat turned away from the two men, but turned back to see Singh slashing and stabbing her husband's neck in a frenzied attack.

When she was taken in for questioning by police, she did not immediately discuss the affair because it was shameful in Indian culture, and she could be blamed for Mr Singh's death, Mr Anderson said.

The trial continues.