Indian man gets life for double murder in Australia

Friday, October 1, 2010

PERTH - A 22-year-old Indian national has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a 20-year minimum term for murdering two Indian brothers over a rental bond dispute in Perth.

According to, Jagdeep Singh pleaded guilty to murdering Navdeep Singh, 20, and Kawaldeep Singh, 19, on February 11 before the Supreme Court in Perth on Friday.

Justice John McKechnie sentenced him to life imprisonment on both murder counts to be served concurrently. With a 20-year minimum term, Singh, from India’s Punjab region, will not be eligible for release until 2030.

Singh had shared a two-bedroom flat in Morley in Perth’s north with the brothers and three others but had been told he had to move out because the landlady considered it too crowded.

The flatmates were all from the Punjab, studying in Perth and working part-time jobs.

The court heard that Singh, who was doing a hospitality course, wanted 310 dollars in bond money from Navdeep Singh so he could arrange another flat.

When he didn’t get it he went to the flat armed with a carving knife in the early hours of the morning and stabbed both brothers, inflicting deep abdominal wounds that caused their deaths.

Navdeep Singh made it to a nearby St John Ambulance depot and was taken to Royal Perth Hospital for emergency surgery but later died.

Singh drove off and later that day phoned triple zero. He was eventually arrested and admitted to police he had stabbed the brothers.

Singh, dressed in jeans and a white shirt, sat quietly in the dock throughout the proceedings. (ANI)

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