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Man 'doused wife in petrol

As he finished his closing address to the jury on Thursday, crown prosecutor Chris Maxwell QC said by the day she was set on fire Ms Kaur had decided to divorce her husband. Courtesy: Nine

A man murdered his wife by dousing her in petrol and setting her on fire after they argued over money and she told him she was going to leave him, a Sydney jury has been told.

Kulwinder Singh, 41, has pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to murdering Parwinder Kaur, 32, on December 2, 2013, at their Rouse Hill home.

As he finished his closing address to the jury on Thursday, crown prosecutor Chris Maxwell QC said by the day she was set on fire Ms Kaur had decided to divorce her husband.

Having made this decision, Mr Maxwell said it was clear Ms Kaur had refused to change her banking details so that her pay would go into her husband’s account – a topic they had previously fought over.

“On the day of her death there was only $95.36 left in Mr Singh’s bank account,” he said.

“What we have is a situation quite different to what Kulwinder Singh has encountered before, it is his wife saying to him a) ‘I’m not going to contribute anymore’ and b) ‘I’m going to live my life without you’.

“The petrol-fuelled blaze that killed Ms Kaur burnt 90 per cent of her body.

The Crown alleges Singh was responsible for her death, but he told police “she did it to herself” when he was upstairs in their bedroom.

However, Mr Maxwell argued that Ms Kaur’s state of mind was “absolutely inconsistent” with her wanting to harm herself.

“She, you might think, would have been positive, would have been relieved about the future – her future,” he said.

Mr Maxwell reminded the jury of the expert evidence of burns specialist Professor Peter Maitz, who previously testified that as there were no burns to Ms Kaur’s scalp and upper face, it would be very unusual if her burns were self-inflicted.

In Professor Maitz’s opinion, it was more likely the accelerant was poured or thrown over her by someone else.

In his final words to the jury, Mr Maxwell said they could be satisfied of one thing beyond a reasonable doubt – “that Mr Singh set fire to his wife”.

“And that being so it would be your solemn obligation … to return a verdict of guilty to the crime of murder.”

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/singh-murder-trial-jury-told-set-fire-to-his-wife-sydney-news/8cc82f86-ff0e-4e29-b1e8-13f137b132a2