Husband jailed for killing wife as mystery accomplice escapes justice
Concrete firm boss, 43, who used chilli powder to incapacitate wife, 38, then strangle her to death before staging murder as a burglary gone wrong is jailed for life – as ‘mystery accomplice thought to be mistress escapes justice’
- Gurpreet Singh strangled his wife Sarbjit Kaur, 38, at their martial home in 2018
- Seamstress was found covered in chilli powder at her home in Wolverhampton
- Woman seen wearing a parka as she entered the house has still not been found
- Singh was found guilty of murder today and will spend at least 19 years in prison
The boss of a concrete firm who used chilli powder to incapacitate his wife before strangling her to death and staging the scene as a botched burglary has been jailed for life.
Gurpreet Singh was jailed for a minimum of 19 years today after he was convicted of murdering Sarbjit Kaur, 38, at their marital home in Wolverhampton in 2018.
A mystery accomplice, thought to be Singh’s mistresss, has escaped justice as she remains unknown to this day.
Successful seamstress Ms Kaur was found lying on the floor covered in chilli powder inside a workshop attached to her home in February 2018.
A trial heard how Singh, 43, allowed his two children to discover their stepmother’s body when they arrived home together at around 4pm.
Her death was initially treated as the result of a burglary gone wrong but despite a manhunt for the robbers, no one was caught.
Sarbjit Kaur, 38, was found dead and covered in chilli powder inside a workshop at her home in Wolverhampton in February 2018. A trial has heard how she was murdered by her husband and a mysterious accomplice, who may have been his mistress
Jurors were told security cameras at the £400,000 property were not working but Singh was arrested after detectives stumbled across a neighbour’s CCTV.
It showed a person wearing a parka jacket and carrying a Sports Direct bag entering the house at 8.15am on the day of the murder – 45 minutes before Singh left for work.
Footage showed Singh, who ran concreting business G & D Services with his brother, drive away from the house just after 9am.
Four minutes later the figure, believed to be a woman, wearing the parka jacket left the house carrying the same bag.
She has never been caught.
Sentencing, Judge Simon Drew said: ‘You’ve been convicted of the murder of your own wife Sarbjit Kaur.
‘She died as a result of a pre-meditated and joint attack on her by you and an unidentified woman who came to your house on February 16.
Gurpreet Singh was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 19 years, today after he was convicted of murdering his wife. Police described the concrete firm boss as a ‘callous and calculating man with complete disregard for human life’
Police (pictured outside the house in 2018) initially treated Ms Kaur’s murder as a burglary gone wrong. But many items of high value had also been left in the family home, casting doubt over Singh’s account
West Midlands Police revealed Singh allowed his step-children to see Ms Kaur lying dead in her workshop, causing them ‘sickening’ distress
‘It’s not possible to determine who was responsible for doing what, I’m quite satisfied you, as the larger and stronger of the two, took the lead.
‘She was strangled and she clearly struggled. You tried to cover up by ransacking the house. You pretended to be overcome with grief, which was a sham.’
The trial was told officers were called to the property by Singh who told officers he’d found his wife unconscious in their home.
Sarbjit had been assaulted and had been dead for some time. A post mortem revealed she died of asphyxiation.
Police said 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 and detectives originally believed they were looking for a burglar or burglars.
But it became clear to officers that the burglary was in fact staged and an attempt had been made to create an illusion of a messy search.
Singh was therefore interviewed as a potential suspect but had a ‘plausible account of events’ that morning and he was released on bail.
Sarbjit’s (pictured) niece, Jasmeen said on behalf of her family: ‘We have been deeply disturbed by the death of Sarbjit. No one can understand what could have led to her murder’
TIMELINE OF SARBJIT KAUR’S MURDER
February 16, 2018:
7.54am: Sarbjit calls Lakhwinder Kaur, who she used to work for, but she is asleep and doesn’t pick up. She calls back at 9.18am but Sarbjit doesn’t answer.
8.02am: Singh returns to family home on Rookery Lane in Wolverhampton after dropping children at school.
8.15am: Person wearing a parka jacket with the hood up and carrying a bag approaches the house and is let in the front door.
9am: Sarbjit fails to pick up Lakhwinder Kaur.
9.01am: A person leaves the house and goes open’s the boot of Singh’s car. Police believe this was Singh. He re-enters the property before coming out again and driving away.
9.05am: The person wearing the parka is seen leaving the house carrying the same bag they had when entering.
4pm: Singh returns home with his two children and they discover Sarbjit’s body on the floor of her workshop annex. Police are called and enter the property.
He said he had been alone with his wife for about an hour after dropping his children off at school before going to work.
Detectives carried out CCTV checks and found Singh’s had been disabled but a neighbour’s security footage showed Singh taking his children to and from school.
The electronic gates to the family home could only be opened with a key fob or code for the keypad and there were no signs of forced entry to the house.
Many items of high value had also been ignored by the burglars which also began to add further doubt to Singh’s account.
Superintendent Chris Mallett, of West Midlands Police, said after the case: ‘While the motivation of Sarbjit’s murder is unclear, Singh is clearly a callous and calculating man with complete disregard for human life.
‘He’s shown no remorse for his actions and continued to deny his involvement, despite the weight of evidence against him.
‘Shockingly Singh went about his daily business and allowed his own children to enter their home and find their stepmother dead on the floor.
‘The distress this caused those poor children, who’d already lost their mother, is sickening.
‘Sarbjt’s family have shown great courage and dignity throughout this retrial and I hope today’s guilty verdict offers them some comfort.
‘This has been a complex investigation and Singh’s motive will remain a mystery.
‘We’re still keen to hear who his accomplice is and I’d ask anyone with any information to do the right thing and tell us what they know.’
Sarbjit’s niece, Jasmeen said on behalf of her family: ‘We have been deeply disturbed by the death of Sarbjit. No one can understand what could have led to her murder.
‘The grief leaves us dumbfounded. Losing someone is always very sad and painful, but losing a loved one in these circumstances is traumatic.
‘Sarbjt’s death was so sudden, unanticipated and violent, it has shaken the whole family’s sense of safety, control and trust in the world around them.’
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