Jury Fails To Reach Verdict At Trial Of Man Accused Of Setting Wife On Fire
A jury has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict at the trial of a Sydney man accused of murdering his wife by setting her on fire.
Kulwinder Singh, 41, pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to murdering Parwinder Kaur, 32, in early December 2013 at their Rouse Hill home.
Ms Kaur sustained burns to 90 per cent of her body in the petrol-fuelled blaze.
She was seen by neighbours on fire, slowing moving down the driveway, with her husband behind her.
The Crown alleged Singh poured petrol on his wife and ignited her causing her death - and at the time he intended to kill her or inflict grievous bodily harm.
But he told police "she did it to herself" when he was upstairs in their bedroom and he then rushed downstairs after hearing her scream.
His lawyer submitted the "tragic accident" occurred when Ms Kaur set herself alight, not meaning to harm herself, but seeking some sort of attention.
After a two-month trial before Justice Natalie Adams and four days of deliberations, the jury returned on Friday to say they were unable to reach a unanimous or majority decision.
The judge then discharged the jury.