Nurse Allegedly Stole Work Equipment To Poison Wife
A Sydney woman has spoken of the terrifying moment she regained consciousness in her home, hours after her husband, a nurse, allegedly tried to poison her with the same drug that killed pop star Michael Jackson.
Joytika Singh, 38, told 10 News First when she woke up eight hours after her husband had administered what he claimed was a saline drip to help with her dehydration, she found herself surrounded by scattered vials.
Joytika's husband of 19 years, Ugendra Singh is accused of poisoning his wife and assaulting her after allegedly drugging her with sedative Propofol.
Joytika, also a nurse, claimed that after waking up inside her Hebersham home in western Sydney, she confronted her husband before he allegedly slapped her on the cheek.
She said she felt “a bit wobbly” after waking up, but knew she was not in the right state and that the drug had affected her.
“For whatever time I was knocked out I had no idea what was going on,” she said.
"I didn't expect this from 19 years of marriage."
She managed to call the police who attended the home alongside NSW paramedics.
Joytika was treated at the scene before being taken to Blacktown Hospital.
Police believe Ugendra, 45, administered the drug to his wife at about 11am on Tuesday before she regained consciousness that evening and called for help.
After searching the couple’s home, police seized a number of vials of Propofol and other medical equipment.
Ugendra was charged with using poison to endanger a life (domestic violence), larceny, possessing a prescribed restricted substance and common assault (domestic violence).
In court, police alleged Ugendra, who had been employed in the intensive care unit at Liverpool Hospital for 20 years, stole the items from his workplace.
The court heard the drug Propofol is commonly used for surgical procedures.
Ugendra pleaded not guilty to poisoning his wife but admitted to slapping her on the face and stealing the vials from his workplace.
The accused claimed he took the medication from his workplace to kill pests at his property.
He was denied bail and will remain in custody until his next court appearance in June.
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