Man jailed 30 months for helping to get rid of body

Man jailed 30 months for helping to get rid of body

Her body was recovered from Whampoa River with her head and hands missing.

The police managed to confirm beautician Jasvinder Kaur's identity after officers got DNA samples from her water bottle, which was retrieved from her workplace, a beauty salon in Little India.

They matched the samples taken from the body, said Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) Prakash Otharam.

Madam Kaur, 33, was allegedly killed by her husband, senior logistic coordinator Harvinder Singh, 35 in December 2013.

Yesterday, his friend, forklift driver Gursharan Singh, 27, was jailed for 30 months for helping him to get rid of the body.

Gursharan, who was not represented by a lawyer, pleaded guilty last month to one count each of causing evidence of a crime to disappear and failing to inform the police that an offence had taken place.

Last month, the court heard that at around 7am on Dec 11, 2013, Harvinder went to look for Gursharan at the Central Sikh Temple at Towner Road, off Serangoon Road, and asked for his help to move some of his belongings.

The younger man agreed. The two Indian nationals then retrieved a suitcase containing Madam Kaur's body from Harvinder's room on the second storey of a shophouse at 228A Balestier Road later that day.

Together, they transported the suitcase by foot to Whampoa River where Harvinder asked his friend to lift the suitcase onto his shoulders before telling him to walk away.

Gursharan did as he was told and he heard a splash behind him.

He received a call from Harvinder at around 6.30am on Dec 12, 2013, informing him that he was fleeing to Malaysia.


Officers interviewed Madam Kaur's employer and found out that she had not turned up for work since Dec 11. The employer also said that Harvinder had called claiming that his wife was returning to India.

But checks with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority revealed that there were no records of her leaving Singapore.

APP Prakash said that the employer then provided police with Madam Kaur's drinking bottle that she had left behind. DNA samples were taken from it, and this led to the match.

Harvinder is now on Interpol's wanted list.

This article was first published on April 9, 2015.
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