33‑year‑old Hem Rabneet Singh who killed his wife and then took the body by horseback with the intention of hiding it, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo.
While delivering his sentence today, Justice Temo said Singh would be considered for a presidential pardon after spending 17 years behind bars.
Singh charged with one count of murder and one count of giving false information to a public official pleaded guilty to murdering his 29‑year‑old wife near his home in Tagitagi Settlement in Semo on July 1st, 2015.
Justice Temo said Singh hit his wife with a stick on the head and chest after they had an argument.
This caused her to fall on the ground and he then took the wife by horseback to Semo Hill.
The Judge said the body fell several times from the horse on the way to Semo Hill and on one occasion Singh hit the wife’s head again with the stick while the body was on the ground.
Justice Temo adds that when Singh returned home, he lied to his children and said that their mother was missing.
It was also heard in court that Singh told the Police, family, and friends that his wife was missing.
Justice Temo said life is precious and it is totally unjustified to use murder as a remedy for an argument.
Hem Rabneet Singh has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the charge of murder and 12 months imprisonment for the charge of giving false information to a public official.
The two sentences will be served concurrently.Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.