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Papatoetoe murder: Husband pleads guilty to killing wife

Author
Craig Kapitan, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 17 Jun 2022, 9:51am
Beant Singh, left, pleads guilty in the High Court at Auckland to having murdered his wife in September 2020. Photo / Jason Oxenham
Beant Singh, left, pleads guilty in the High Court at Auckland to having murdered his wife in September 2020. Photo / Jason Oxenham

Papatoetoe murder: Husband pleads guilty to killing wife

Author
Craig Kapitan, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 17 Jun 2022, 9:51am

A man whose 42-year-old wife was found dead at their south Auckland home in 2020 has admitted to having murdered her.

Beant Singh, 49, had been set to go to trial next month in the High Court at Auckland.

He instead stood before Justice Geoffrey Venning today, stating "yes" through a Punjabi interpreter when asked if he wished to plead guilty.

Police were called to the scene of a sudden death on September 21, 2020, where they found the body of Binder Kaur.

Singh was arrested three days later.

"Our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with the victim's family at this extremely difficult time," Acting Detective Inspector Shaun Vickers of Counties Manukau Police said at the time of the arrest.

Justice Venning issued Singh a first-strike warning and remanded him in custody to await sentencing in September.

The couple had no children, but Kaur's family in India will have access via audio-visual link to the sentencing.

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