Indian jailed in Australia for killing his wife

Last Updated: Thu, Jun 07, 2012 11:04 hrs

Melbourne: A 24-year-old Indian-origin man, who strangled his wife and then slit her throat at least eight times, was today jailed for at least six years in Australia for manslaughter.

Chamanjot Singh had slit his wife's throat with a box cutter at least eight times and then strangled her after their marriage deteriorated in 2009, according to AAP report.

However, the jury at the supreme Court in New South Wales accepted that the accused was provoked by his wife after he testified she had told him she had never loved him and loved another man.

Last month, Singh was found not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of Manpreet Kaur, on December 29, 2009 in Sydney west.

It was also noted that Singh lost control after his wife's brother in India made offensive remarks about his mother in a phone call.

The judge Peter McClellan said Singh had been an immature young man, far from his family in India, and did not have the personal resources to deal with the deteriorating marriage.

He set a maximum term of eight years and noted it was inevitable Singh would be deported after serving his sentence.

Outside the court, the victim's sister, Jaspreet Kaur, lashed out the sentencing and said it was "very bad law in Australia".

She denied that her sister had any affair and said her brother-in-law had lied when he told the jury about an affair.

"They believed it (but) they did not have any proof, they didn't show anything in the court, they don't know who the guy is," she said adding her sister's mobile phone was checked for calls involving her alleged lover, but police found nothing.

"Several times I told her, just leave this man, he is not for you, she said no he is my husband, I will definitely survive with him," she said.

"She was really the best sister in this whole world."

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