Oz court gives 17 yrs to Indian who killed wife

An Indian national, who brutally beat his wife to death after abusing her for years, was on Tuesday sentenced to 17 years in jail by the Victorian Supreme Court.

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2010, 10:33 AM IST

Melbourne: An Indian national, who brutally
beat his wife to death after abusing her for years, was on Tuesday
sentenced to 17 years in jail by the Victorian Supreme Court.

Sukhmander Singh, who pleaded guilty to murder of his
wife Mohinder Kaur, was jailed to 17 years to serve a minimum
of 13 years and six months sentencing.

While announcing the verdict, Judge Terry Forrest said
the accused had no remorse for his actions.

Mohinder was beaten to death with a wooden stake by
Singh on the Valley Lake Boulevard at Niddrie on May 7, 2009.

The accused followed his wife Mohinder who came to
Australia from India in 2008 because of years of physical
abuse and being falsely accused of having affairs by him.

The couple had four children and their daughter Sarabjit
Kaur, 21, was studying in Melbourne.

Sarabjit had arranged for her mother to obtain a visa
and five months later in March last year she also arranged for
her father to join them after he assured of a good behaviour.

Justice Terry Forrest said that Singh`s conduct towards
his family improved significantly after he arrived in
Melbourne in early March.

However, his behaviour deteriorated and last May he
attacked his wife while taking a stroll on Valley Lake
Boulevard in Niddrie suburb in Melbourne`s northwest.

"What followed then was a brutal conclusion to your
wife`s life," Forrest said.

"Mohinder was crying and told Sarabjit that you had
taken a wooden stick from the ground. She heard what sounded
like a crack, and last words she heard her mother utter were:
`Neena, your father is killing me," Forrest told Singh.

Singh`s daughter Sarabjit testified that as long as she
could remember there was fighting and argument between Singh
and his wife, the Age reported.

"The children would stay outside the house crying while
you set about beating their mother," Judge told Singh.

"For cultural reasons I am unable to comprehend, these
beatings were not reported to the police," Forrest said,
adding "Sarabjit states that over the last few years the
fighting and beatings became considerably worse. You would
kick your wife, hit her and use objects to inflict pain upon
her."

The court heard Singh would abuse his wife almost every
day and the physical beatings would happen almost once a week.

Kaur had given evidence that she moved to Australia in
2007 to get away from her father but her mother could not
leave because of her younger brother and sister in India.

PTI