‘Her death will al­ways haunt me’

HUS­BAND SPEAKS OF HEART­BREAK AS WIFE’S KILLER IS JAILED FOR 30 YEARS

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by ALEXAN­DER BALLINGER alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @amb­hack

THE MAN re­spon­si­ble for the ‘shock­ing and hor­ren­dous’ mur­der of Pardeep Kaur from Hayes has been jailed for life with a min­i­mum of 30 years.

Mrs Kaur, who lived with her hus­band in Carnar­von Drive, was walk­ing to her job at a Heathrow ho­tel when she was sex­u­ally as­saulted and mur­dered in Oc­to­ber last year.

Her killer, Vadims Ruskuls, dumped the 30-year-old’s body un­der a sleep­ing bag cov­ered with branches un­der the Har­ling­ton High Street fly­over.

Ruskuls, 25, a Lat­vian na­tional of no fixed ad­dress, was con­victed on Tues­day at the Old Bai­ley and was sen­tenced on Wed­nes­day.

CCTV footage re­leased by the Metropoli­tan Po­lice shows the vic­tim walk­ing un­der the fly­over and Ruskuls can be seen nearby.

Mrs Kaur was on her 40-minute walk to work at the Sher­a­ton Sky­line Ho­tel in Har­ling­ton on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 17. She set off at around 6am, as she had done for four years, but she never made it to work.

The CCTV footage shows a man walk­ing ahead of Mrs Kaur at around 6.30am, and around 25 min­utes later the same man was picked up by the cam­era drag­ging a body to­wards Bed­well Gar­dens, where her body was later found.

A miss­ing per­sons ap­peal was launched af­ter her hus­band re­ported her misss­ing when she did not come home from work that evening. On Oc­to­ber 22, Mrs Kaur’s body was dis­cov­ered by po­lice.

Ruskuls was iden­ti­fied through CCTV footage and was ar­rested on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 31 – he was charged three days later.

His DNA matched sam­ples of sev­eral items of Mrs Kaur’s cloth­ing, as well as a black sock found nearby in the un­der­growth.

PC Lewis, who gave ev­i­dence dur­ing the trial, said: “A big part of my job, and the job of all Met of­fi­cers, is re­mem­ber­ing faces and names, and all the small de­tails that could make the dif­fer­ence in a case.

“When I first en­coun­tered Ruskuls he was very un­nerv­ing, and I will never for­get that meet­ing. So when I first saw the CCTV of this ap­palling at­tack, some­thing about the sus­pect’s ap­pear­ance and body type was in­stantly fa­mil­iar and I knew that it was the same per­son.

“I am just glad I was able to play a small part in bring­ing a dan­ger­ous of­fender to jus­tice, and do my job ef­fec­tively.”

Mrs Kaur and her hus­band both worked long hours, sav­ing money to send to their six-year-old daugh­ter who lives in In­dia with her grand­par­ents.

Sen­tenc­ing Ruskuls to life in jail, Judge Richard Marks QC told him: “This was a truly shock­ing and wicked of­fence of the ut­most grav­ity.”

This was a truly shock­ing and wicked of­fence of the ut­most grav­ity Judge Richard Marks QC

PHOTO: MET PO­LICE

Vadims Ruskuls, 25, has been con­victed of the mur­der of Pardeep Kaur

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