Devandra Singh sentenced to life for murdering his wife

25/06/2013

A husband has today been jailed for life, to serve a minimum 16 year, after he was found guilty of murdering his wife at their home which they shared in Ladderedge, Leek.

Stafford Crown Court heard how on 3 September 2012, following an argument about the end of  their marriage, 33-year-old Devandra Singh struck his wife, Charlotte Smith, with a blunt object around her head and face.

In order to avoid capture and arrest by the police, he sent text messages using Charlotte's phone so people would think she was still alive.  He then left the family home, stole money from her account and travelled to London with his passport and other belongings where he stayed for a  number of days.

He later travelled back to Staffordshire and handed himself into a Leek police station, where he was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife.

Sara Cameron, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Charlotte Smith died as a result of the most brutal and cruellest act of domestic violence. She wanted to end her two year marriage with Devandra Singh, but he was unable to accept this. He became violent and struck her with force described by the pathologist as being off the scale in its ferocity.

"Instead of calling the emergency services and seeking medical assistance for his wife, he tried to clean the crime scene and fled to London.

"Three days later, the victim's father, concerned that he had not heard from his daughter, visited her home and found her body in the lounge.

"Singh handed himself to the police and claimed that he had suffered a loss of control as a result of his wife threatening him with a knife. The jury at Stafford Crown Court  dismissed this defence and they have instead found him guilty of murdering his wife.

"The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to helping all victims of domestic violence. We treat all such cases extremely seriously and encourage all victims not to suffer in silence but to report offences so that we can help them to achieve justice.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Charlotte Smith and we hope that today's guilty verdict brings a sense of closure to them and that they can now move on with their lives."