‘Her death will always haunt me’
HUSBAND SPEAKS OF HEARTBREAK AS WIFE’S KILLER IS JAILED FOR 30 YEARS
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.”
PHOTO: MET POLICE Vadims Ruskuls, 25, has been convicted of the murder of Pardeep Kaur