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Sikh woman found dead in Canada, husband held for murder

world Updated: May 25, 2016 17:21 IST
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A 38-year-old Sikh woman was found dead at her home in Canada’s Saskatchewan province with police arresting and charging her husband for the murder.

The police was called at the residence of Sandeep Kaur Tehara in Regina on Sunday to check on the well-being of the people inside when they found her body inside the home and subsequently determined that it was a homicide case.

Sandeep’s husband Jagdish Singh Tehara, 39, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, the Regina Leader-Post reported.

The couple has two young children, who are reportedly staying with Jagdish’s brother, Pritpal Tehara.

Jagadish appeared in Regina provincial court on Tuesday, when the court heard he was seeking legal representation. He has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on May 31.

The Sikh community expressed shock after the murder. “(It’s a) shock for our community,” Nirmal Maur, president of the Sikh Society of Regina, was quoted as saying.

Jagdish and Sandeep had been living in Regina for about 10 years, said Surender Grewal, a longtime member of Regina’s Sikh community. “We are all very shocked. Never, ever imagined that this could happen,” Grewal was quoted as saying.

Jim Azcueta, who lives close to the house where the body was found, said he woke up Sunday morning just to see about a half dozen police cars and his neighbour’s house taped off. “The first thing that came to my mind was that something really serious had happened. Probably a crime. I came out and saw all the police standing right here,” he told CBC News.

The police service’s major crimes and forensic identification units are investigating the murder, as is the coroner’s office.

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