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Murder accused Gurpreet Singh would 'never ever' kill wife

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Image caption Gurpreet Singh denies killing his wife at their home in Wolverhampton

A businessman accused of strangling his wife in a staged burglary said he would "never ever" think of killing her.

Gurpreet Singh, 43, told Birmingham Crown Court he loved his wife, Sarbjit Kaur, who was found dead at their Wolverhampton home in 2018.

He told jurors: "I love my wife, she loves me and I would never ever think of this."

Mr Singh denies her murder and a charge of soliciting the murder of his first wife, Amandeep Kaur, who died in 2014.

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Image caption Sarbjit Kaur told her doctor she was depressed a month before she died

Sarbjit Kaur, 38, was found dead at the couple's home in Rookery Lane on 16 February 2018.

Her GP's notes from a month before her death said she was depressed and had suicidal thoughts because Mr Singh did not want to have children with her.

Mr Singh said the seamstress "never talked about" wanting children, or her depression.

Mr Singh's first wife Amandeep Kaur died on a trip to India. According to her death certificate the cause was a brain haemorrhage.

The court previously heard from Heera Singh Uppal, who claimed to be a former employee of Mr Singh, who he said offered to pay him £20,000 to kill Amandeep Kaur.

Mr Singh denied the allegation and said he had not employed Mr Uppal at his company.

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Image caption Prosecutors allege Mr Singh staged a botched burglary at their home when his wife was killed

The court heard the businessman had married Sarbjit Kaur by July 2015, and within "a couple of weeks" Mr Singh discovered his new wife "had no right to live here" [in the UK].

Prosecutors allege Mr Singh and an unknown accomplice killed her before ransacking the house "to make it look like a burglary gone wrong".

David Mason QC said Mr Singh "planned to kill Sarbjit" when he returned from the school run.

The identity of the mystery accomplice may never be known, he said.

The trial continues.

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