An Indian Sikh in this Southeast Asian island country has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for his role in hiding the evidence of a crime by helping his friend dispose of the body of his murdered wife.
Gursharan Singh, 27, a Punjabi man, on Wednesday admitted to helping compatriot Harvinder Singh evade punishment and failing to report to police the murder in December 2013, The Straits Times newspaper has reported on Thursday. The court heard that Gursharan had agreed to help Harvinder move “some belongings” on December 11, 2013.
Harvinder, 35, now on the Interpol wanted list, had packed a black canvas bag that was then moved from his rented room to a river in a nearby public housing estate.
Gursharan realised that there was a body in the bag only when he had helped Harvinder lift it near a pedestrian bridge. The bag was disposed of in the Whampoa river.
Subsequently, Harvinder told him his wife, Jasvinder Kaur, 33, had died after he had punched her on the neck during a dispute.
Harvinder had stuffed the body into the bag and wanted to get rid of it “so that no one would know what he had done to her”, said assistant public prosecutor Prakash Otharam. The body was found floating in the waterway on the morning of December 12, 2013.
Gursharan faced a jail sentence of up to 10 years and a fine for causing evidence of an offence to disappear. District judge Siva Shanmugam noted that even after learning that Harvinder intended to dispose of the bag with the body in it, Gursharan had continued to “assist him actively” and “screened Harvinder from the law knowing that he had committed murder”.