In­dian jailed for killing preg­nant girl­friend

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AN In­dian stu­dent who killed his preg­nant girl­friend in a fren­zied knife at­tack in New Zealand af­ter she told him the baby was not his was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment yes­ter­day.

The man, who like many In­di­ans goes by the sin­gle name Akash, dis­played “cru­elty, bru­tal­ity and cal­lous­ness” in mur­der­ing 22-year-old Gur­preet Kaur, Auck­land High Court judge Matthew Palmer said.

The judge said the pair were se­cretly dat­ing for 12 months but Akash, 24, snapped on April 7 this year when Ms Kaur told him the baby was not his and she wanted to end the re­la­tion­ship.

High on metham­phetamine, he stabbed her 29 times and dumped the body in road­side bushes south of Auck­land.

He ini­tially pleaded not guilty, ar­gu­ing the stab wounds were self in­flicted, but fi­nally ad­mit­ted his guilt in Au­gust.

Judge Palmer said the fact that Ms Kaur was seven to 10 weeks preg­nant ex­ac­er­bated the crime and made her death even more painful for her fam­ily in India.

“Not only did you mur­der Gur­preet Kaur and de­prive her fam­ily of her ex­is­tence, but you deprived her and her fam­ily of the po­ten­tial of an­other life,” the judge said.

Akash was sen­tenced to life with a min­i­mum of 17 years be­hind bars. New Zealand does not have the death penalty. –

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