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Scumbag husband covered wife in chilli powder before murdering her

A lying husband covered his wife in chilli powder before murdering her.

Gurpreet Singh has been jailed for 19 years after being found guilty of murdering Sarbjit Kaur and lying to police to suggest she had been killed by burglars.

The 45-year-old attempted to dupe police following his crime by staging a burglary and faking shock and horror over his wife’s death.

He had claimed he had discovered his wife unconscious in their home but an autopsy found the victim had been strangled to death and had been dead for “some time” before police arrived.

While Singh’s lies about a burglary sparked panic in the local community with other households fearing a gang could be on the prowl and willing to kill anyone who disturbed their robberies.

Judge Simon Drew saying in his sentencing statement: "You have been convicted of the murder of your wife. She died as a result of a planned and premeditated attack.

"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."

West Midlands Police issued a report after Singh was sentenced to 19 years behind bar.

They wrote: “We were called to Rookery Lane, Wolverhampton, on Friday 16 February 2018 by Singh who told officers he’d found his 38-year-old wife unconscious in their home.

“Sarbjit had been assaulted and had been dead for some time. A post mortem revealed she died of asphyxiation.

“The house initially looked as if it had been burgled and Singh was showing signs of shock and horror at what had taken place.

“A murder investigation was immediately launched, detectives believed they were looking for a burglar or burglars who had carried out this atrocious crime.

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“Fear within the local community was high with many concerned there may be a gang at large who were breaking into homes and capable of killing anyone that got in their way.

“It quickly became clear to officers that the burglary was in fact staged after a detailed forensic examination highlighted it was no ordinary burglary scene. Our specialist and experienced forensics team, who examine many burglary scenes, were adamant it was no burglary – but an attempt to create an illusion of a messy search.”

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