Amandeep Kaur, who has denied murder charges, will reappear
in court in October. Picture: NZ Herald
Auckland's Sikh community is shocked by the revelation
that one of the people accused of stabbing a man to death in
his car is his wife.
Name suppression for Amandeep Kaur, 31, and her co-accused,
Gurjinder Singh, 25, was lifted yesterday when the pair
appeared in the High Court at Auckland charged with the
murder of 35-year-old Davender Singh. Both pleaded not
Kaur was the wife of the victim and was with him on the night
of August 7.
Police said the couple stopped on a Papatoetoe road to eat
takeaways on their way home from work. Davender Singh was
then viciously attacked with a sharp implement and died in
the driver's seat.
Straight after his death, his family said he had no enemies
and believed his killing was a case of being in the wrong
place at the wrong time.
Family spokesman and Sikh leader Daljit Singh said many in
the community were unaware of charges against Kaur until
yesterday, he said.
Daljit Singh said the community's "moral duty" was to support
the couple's 10-year-old son in India. The couple sent him
back so they could focus on their careers.
Sikhs had raised about $10,000 for the boy and a further
$15,000, with help from ACC and Victim Support, for the
victim's body to be sent back to India.
"Arrangements are being made for the body to be sent to his
parents for cremation," said Daljit Singh.
After the attack, Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said: "Mr
Singh's got a lot of wounds so there's definitely an
indication of a violent struggle ... in and around the
Kaur will remain in custody until at least October, when she
and her co-accused will be back in court.
Davender Singh came from Rajasthan seven years ago and was
working as an upholsterer for a furniture company in Mangere.