Indian couple, another man detained in murder case in Oz
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Last Updated: Friday, January 29, 2010, 12:11
Melbourne: After charging an Indian couple for the brutal murder of Ranjodh Singh whose body was found half burnt in New South Wales, Australian police today arrested a 25-year-old man for his killing, the third detention in the case.

Police arrested the man at his home in Wagga Wagga just after 9am and are expected to charge him with murder of Singh who was found half burnt by the side of a road in New South Wales.

A husband and wife, both Indian nationals, were charged with Singh's murder yesterday following their arrest in Sydney's south.

The husband, 23, was arrested while working at the Crystal Cafe in Rocky Point Road, Sans Souci, while his 20-year-old wife was picked up from their house.

A motorist found Singh's badly burnt body off Wilga Road about 20 kilometres south of Griffith in southern NSW, on December 29.

An autopsy revealed that Singh, 25, who had been bound and had his throat slashed, had been stabbed many times and was set alight while still alive.

"It certainly was a very horrific scene," Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Murdoch said, adding, "Given the injuries that Singh sustained and given the fact that he was set on fire [while] still alive it's probably at the upper end of the scale in terms of murders."

Singh and the married couple knew each other through working as seasonal fruit pickers in Griffith, Murdoch said.

Earlier, Singh had recently moved to Wagga Wagga but was staying in Griffith to pick pumpkins and was living in a shared house with other farm workers from India.

The media reports here said it is understood that Singh joined a group of friends for pizza at Eagle Boys on the last night he was seen.

One of his friends had been around town longer than Singh - who arrived in Australia a little more than a year ago - and had set himself up as a contractor. He befriended Singh and employed him. The group finished their pizza and went to a party at a nearby flat.

They drank grappa and celebrated the birthday of one of the men, but there was tension in the air and some time before midnight a fight broke out, though it is not known who was involved.


First Published: Friday, January 29, 2010, 12:11

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