Shillong, November 2: A 79-year-old Sikh man, Tarsame Singh, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 15 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his 77-year-old wife, Maya Devi.
The murder took place in their east London home in May of this year.
On May 2, Singh walked into Romford police station and confessed to killing his wife. Upon receiving the report, officers immediately went to the couple’s residence on Cowdray Way in Elm Park, where they discovered Maya’s lifeless body on the living room floor. A wooden rounders bat, along with substantial bloodstains on the carpet and nearby walls, was found at the scene.
A post-mortem examination revealed that the cause of Maya’s death was blunt force head injuries. Singh was charged the following day and remanded into custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers, leading the investigation for the Met Police, described the case as tragic and expressed condolences to the couple’s three children. Singh never provided a clear motive for his violent actions that evening but did plead guilty to the crime.
Tarsame Singh and Maya Devi, originally from India, had been residing in Britain for over 50 years and were parents to a son and two daughters. They had run a post office in Rainham, a suburb of east London near their home, for many years before retiring.