Indian couple, another man detained in murder case in Oz

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.

PTI




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