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Death shocks family

Avinesh Gopal
Sunday, December 01, 2013

A WOMAN'S siblings are shocked after she was allegedly murdered by her husband in New Zealand last week.

Sarwan Lata Singh, 38, a supermarket worker, was allegedly killed by her husband at her flat on Kentwood Drive in Woodridge, Wellington, on Monday night.

Her younger sister Suman Lata said Sarwan and her husband, Rajeshwar Singh, were living separately for the past three months. The couple were married in Fiji then moved to New Zealand about 20 years ago. Their only child aged 15 years old died about two years ago through illness.

"I was very close to her and I was really shocked when I was told on Tuesday that she had been allegedly murdered by her husband," said Ms Lata.

"Sarwan and her husband's relationship was never good since they got married and after getting really fed-up, she started living separately about three months ago.

"My sister had taken out a restraining order against her husband, who always assaulted her and demanded huge sums of money from her to stay together.

"Sarwan also used to call me daily and she even mentioned that her husband had threatened to kill her. Whatever she told me is recorded in my phone.

"But I didn't take the threats seriously because they were married for quite long and I didn't think it would ever happen. Their divorce case is pending in New Zealand."

Ms Lata said her sister's body will arrive at the Nadi International Airport at 1:30pm today and the funeral would be held from Vusia Rd in Raralevu, Nausori at 1pm tomorrow.

"Whatever happened is really shocking. One month after Sarwan's son died, my mother passed away and nine months after her death, my father died.

"And now, when we had finished our father's one year prayers in May, Sarwan has died. We are really shocked with her gruesome death," she said.

Sarwan, who was the eldest in her family, is survived by three brothers and two sisters.

Her husband was been charged by New Zealand police with one count of aggravated burglary and murder and he was produced in the Wellington District Court on Thursday.


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