Punjab-origin man pleads guilty to stabbing compatriot in NZ

  • Hindustan Times, Melbourne
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2015 20:45 IST

A 29-year-old Punjab-origin man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to stabbing to death a young female compatriot and severely injuring another Indian man in New Zealand's Auckland city.

Mandeep Singh pleaded guilty in the Auckland High Court to stabbing 22-year-old Parmita Rani, who died of her injuries in May this year after an exam at a school in Queen Street.

Mandeep Singh also pleaded guilty to another charge of attempted murder of 22-year-old Parminder Sandhu, who was also stabbed in the neck and was taken to Auckland Hospital with serious injuries.

Mandeep had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges but while sobbing in the dock changed his mind, New Zealand Herald reported. Rani, originally from Punjab, had arrived in New Zealand last year.

"She was very kind and a very friendly girl. She always took some food for me," said a classmate of Rani who had been studying IT with her. Mandeep Singh has been remanded in custody until next month for sentencing.

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