Court: 'murder' victim was heavy drinker

A MURDER trial today heard a former Ipswich woman, allegedly murdered by her husband, was a heavy drinker.

A MURDER trial today heard a former Ipswich woman, allegedly murdered by her husband, was a heavy drinker.

Cynthia Radhika Singh, sister of Raymond Singh who denies murder, made the statement about Wendy Singh when testifying at the Fijian High Court in Suva.

Raymond and Wendy Singh lived in Grove Lane, Ipswich, before moving to Fiji in October 2006. They had met on the island four years earlier when Wendy Singh had gone over to study for an environmental degree.

Giving evidence Radhika Singh said her sister-in-law even drank when she was pregnant with their second child, Jahaan, who was born just four months before Wendy was hacked to death at home on May 11 last year.

Radhika said she was a foundation student at the University of the South Pacific (USP) when she came to know of Wendy and Raymond's relationship.

“Most of the time I came back from classes Wendy will be at home drinking and she spends most of her time drinking,” she said.

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The Fiji Daily Post reported that Radhika Singh's father Vijay also gave evidence.

Vijay told the court that he only came to know of his 39-year-old daughter-in-law's killing when Raymond Singh brought his two sons home early on May 12.

Yesterday the court heard inspector Dharmend Chandra say Singh, a 30-year-old former sub-editor with the East Anglian Daily Times, had confessed to killing his wife out of frustration.

Insp Chandra said: “While we were on our way to the police vehicle Raymond Singh uttered the words 'it all happened out of frustration'. When I asked what happened out of frustration he said, “I killed my wife out of frustration'.

Earlier in the trial the court heard that 36 bloody footprints found in the kitchen of the Singh's home belonged to Mr Singh after a row had spiralled out of control.

The attack left Mrs Singh, a mother-of-four with stab wounds in the chest, both sides of the neck, arms, face, nose and head.

The trial continues.