One suspect in headless woman murder charged: reports

Nurul Azliah Aripin
·Nurul Azliah Aripin
Police alerted after body found Whampoa river near McNair Road. (PHOTO: SPF)
Police alerted after body found Whampoa river near McNair Road. (PHOTO: SPF)

[Updated on 20 December 2013, 4:05pm: Added details of charged murder suspect]

One of the suspects involved in the murder of the headless body of 33-year-old Jasvinder Kaur, found in Whampoa River near McNair Road on 12 December, has reportedly been charged on Friday.

A 25-year-old forklift driver, Gursharan Singh, has been charged for the murder of the woman sometime between 10pm on 10 December and 7.33am on 12 December, according to Today. He was with one other unknown male person at No 228A Balestier Road, the report said.

The report also said that Gusharan will be remanded in police custody for a week and may be brought out for a site visit. He was earlier arrested at his workplace at 601 Sims Drive on Wednesday afternoon, when the police had yet to establish the identity of the body.

The man is known to be a friend of Harvinder Singh, 33, the other murder suspect who is believed to be the deceased's husband.

According to local media reports, the police have classified the case as murder and are still investigating the matter.

The woman was reportedly in Singapore on a dependent pass and had arrived only in September this year. Media reports also said that Harvinder Singh, who is currently on the run, had left Singapore by bus via Woodlands Checkpoint only 30 minutes before the police report was lodged.

The police have not found the missing head and hands, according to reports, adding that 30 officers had gone to the Tuas incineration plant on the day of the report to look for them. Officers sieved through five tonnes of rubbish looking for them, the report added.

According to Today, the two murder suspects were reportedly identified by investigators based on "extensive investigations and ground enquiries".

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that they were alerted at 7:36am and firefighters had manually retrieved the body from the river. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene at 8:28am.
Police are currently appealing for information from the public.
The Straits Times understands that the woman’s body was topless, clad in black pants and decapitated.