The wife of a Sikh man and her workmate have been charged with murdering him in New Zealand, the media reported on Wednesday.
Gurjinder Singh, 25, and Amandeep Kaur, 31, appeared in the Auckland high court on Wednesday to face the murder charge of 35-year-old Davinder Singh, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Name suppression for the pair was lifted on Wednesday. The incident occurred on August 7 outside the Manukau Event Centre, a site for public functions in Auckland.
The police said Amandeep was with Davinder on the night of the incident. Davinder was attacked when the couple had stopped on a road to buy takeaways while on their way home from work. He was assaulted with a sharp implement and died on the spot in the driver's seat.
"Davinder got a lot of wounds, so there's definitely an indication of a violent struggle that's occurred in and around the vehicle," said Dave Lynch, detective inspector.
The police charged Amandeep and Gurjinder with murder. The motive for the attack was not robbery, the police confirmed. Both defendants, however, pleaded not guilty. Immediately after the incident, Davinder's family said he had no enemies. They believed his killing was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Before the charges were laid, the Sikh community said they would rally around Amandeep to support her, even as she will remain in custody until at least October when she and her co-accused will be back before the court.
Davinder came to New Zealand from Rajasthan seven years ago and had been working as an upholsterer at DS Furniture in Mangere, a suburb of Auckland, the report said.