‘I’ve not for­got­ten her – for even six sec­onds’


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THE hus­band of mur­dered Hayes wo­man Pardeep Kaur has said he ‘al­ways thinks of what she must have gone through’ when she was sex­u­ally at­tacked and killed.

Home­less man Vadims Ruskuls was sen­tenced to life in prison with a min­i­mum of 30 years at the Old Bai­ley on Wed­nes­day April 12 af­ter be­ing con­victed the day be­fore.

Mrs Kaur’s hus­band, Rach­pal Singh, sat in court as the jury de­liv­ered its ver­dict af­ter just over a day of de­lib­er­a­tions.

He said: “We hoped for a good life here with our daugh­ter, but some­thing ter­ri­ble hap­pened to us and now our dreams are shat­tered.

“The cir­cum­stances of Pardeep’s death will al­ways haunt me be­cause Vadims Ruskuls has not given an ex­pla­na­tion.”

Mrs Kaur had been on her way to the Heathrow ho­tel where she worked as a house­keeper when she was at­tacked by Lat­vian na­tional Ruskuls on Oc­to­ber 17 last year.

Dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing, Judge Richard Marks QC said: “Any­one who could do what you did must be re­garded as ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.

“What a dread­ful way for Pardeep Kaur, a de­cent, hard­work­ing young wo­man, to die.

“As her hus­band put it graph­i­cally in his vic­tim im­pact state­ment, ‘dur­ing this trial I have seen pho­tos of her cloth­ing in waste land. It has been six months since she was mur­dered but I have not for­got­ten her for even six sec­onds and I al­ways think about what she must have gone through on that dark morn­ing when she was killed’.”

The judge told Ruskuls he had not shown ‘one iota of re­morse’ for what he had done.

He will be de­ported once he has served his prison sen­tence.

The week-long trial at the Old Bai­ley heard how Ruskuls was thought to be sleep­ing rough with his mother be­neath the bridge cross­ing the M4 when he pounced on Mrs Kaur.

On the morn­ing of Mon­day Oc­to­ber 17 last year, Ruskuls was caught on chill­ing CCTV footage as he stalked the 30-year-old mother as she ap­proached Har­ling­ton Bridge in Hayes.

They dis­ap­peared from view for 25 min­utes be­fore his shad­owy fig­ure emerged drag­ging Mrs Kaur’s partly naked body on to waste ground, where she was hid­den be­neath branches and an old sleep­ing bag.

Pros­e­cu­tor Crispin Aylett QC told ju­rors that Mrs Kaur had scratched Ruskuls’ face in a des­per­ate at­tempt to get away but her screams were drowned out by the traf­fic.

The ground where her body was dumped was a ‘bleak spot’ used by rough sleep­ers, drunks and drug ad­dicts, he said.

Her badly de­com­posed body was dis­cov­ered al­most a week later.

Ruskuls was caught af­ter lo­cal PC Richard Lewis recog­nised the stooped fig­ure in the CCTV footage as the man he had spo­ken to the day af­ter Mrs Kaur’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

In the early hours, the constable had been called to a house in Hayes to a re­port of a ‘stoned’ man try­ing to open the front door look­ing like he had been ‘dragged through a hedge.’

The of­fi­cer found the sus­pect walk­ing bare­foot with scratches to his left cheek and neck, the court heard.

Fol­low­ing his ar­rest for the mur­der of Mrs Kaur, Ruskuls’ DNA was found on the vic­tim’s an­kle, sock and bra cup with a prob­a­bil­ity of ‘one in a bil­lion,’ ju­rors were told.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion failed to es­tab­lish how she died but Mr Aylett said it was ob­vi­ous from the way she had been found that it was mur­der.

The de­fen­dant, who de­nied mur­der, re­fused to make any comment in po­lice in­ter­views and de­clined to give ev­i­dence in court.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Nick Miller, of Scot­land Yard, said Ruskuls sex­u­ally as­saulted Mrs Kaur and ‘ef­fec­tively stubbed her life out.’

He said it was a ‘ter­ri­fy­ing’ case but added: “Thank­fully, stranger killings are in­cred­i­bly rare in this coun­try.”

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Jamie Steven­son added: “This has been a truly shock­ing and hor­ren­dous case and Ruskuls has proved him­self to be a vi­o­lent and dan­ger­ous rapist and mur­derer.

“Pardeep was walk­ing to work, as she did every day, when she suf­fered a hor­rific fate at the hands of Ruskuls, who sex­u­ally at­tacked and killed his de­fence­less vic­tim be­fore leav­ing her body in wood­land. It is every­body’s worst nightmare.”

Judge Marks com­mended the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and said the court was in­debted to PC Lewis.

Pardeep Kaur, 31, was mur­dered by Vadims Ruk­sals

This CCTV im­age shows Pardeep Kaur (be­low) walk­ing home from work on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 16. Her body was found five days later con­cealed on waste ground near Hayes fly­over

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