SINGAPORE - On Friday, a forklift driver was charged with the murder of Ms Jasvinder Kaur, the 33-year-old beautician whose decapitated body was found floating in Whampoa River last week.
Gursharan Singh, 25, is accused of murdering Ms Kaur in a residence along Balestier Road, "together with one other unknown male person", between last Tuesday night and last Thursday, according to court documents.
The offence, which carries the death penalty, was read to Singh in English. The Indian national, here on a Special Pass, was arrested on Wednesday at his Sims Avenue workplace. He was ordered to be remanded for a week for police investigations, and is due back in court next Friday.
The police said he is a friend of the victim's senior logistics coordinator husband, Mr Harvinder Singh, 33, who skipped town half an hour before his wife's body was found last Thursday.
Ms Kaur's body was wrapped in a trash bag when it was spotted floating in the waterway between McNair Road and St George's Road. Besides her still-missing head and hands, her arms had also been apparently mutilated.
The couple are also Indian nationals. The husband had arrived in February on an Employment Pass, while his wife came in September on a Dependant's Pass.
Police are looking for him to assist in investigations. He had left the country by bus via the Woodlands Checkpoint, and it is not known if he is still in Malaysia.
The police said on Thursday that they have "sought the assistance of our counterparts in the neighbouring countries to trace his whereabouts".
The couple are said to have lived in the unit where Ms Kaur was believed to have been murdered.
A 27-year-old neighbour who gave his name only as Mr Zhang said they were friendly and mild-mannered, and that Ms Kaur would always prepare breakfast for her husband.
But another neighbour, Mr Frankie Chai, 24, who works as a chef, said he heard a 10-minute argument "a few days before the body was found".
Additional reporting by Bridget Tan
Anyone with information on the husband may call the police on 1800-255-0000 or give information online at www.spf.gov.sg/CrimeStopper
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