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Woman Charged In Gurjit Singh Murder Case

Gurjit Singh was found dead at his home in January

A second person has been charged in connection with the death of Dunedin man Gurjit Singh.

Singh, 27, was found dead at his home with stab wounds in January.

Another man, identified only as Rajinder, pleaded not guilty to his murder.

A woman, 29, has now been charged with perverting the course of justice.

She was due back in court in Dunedin in August.

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Gurjit Singh, 27, who had been married in India just months before his death, was discovered dead at his Pine Hill home on January 29, surrounded by shards of glass.

Singh was last seen alive a day before he was murdered, Narindervir Singh from the Otago Punjabi Foundation Trust said.

"After having dinner with friends at their house, around 10.30 pm I think, he came back home. Then, in the morning, the family from India called the friends and said that he wasn't answering the phone," Narindervir said.

"So one of the friends went… and when he arrived at the house, as soon as he opened the door, he said he was able to see him lying in the courtyard, in an open area. His turban was not on his head and there were a lot of wounds on his body, open wounds that were clearly visible."

The friend then rang emergency services, he said.

Two weeks prior, Gurjit had arrived home to find his garage door unlocked, Narindervir said.

"He saw his garage door open, which raised concerns about the security of the house so he thought he should install CCTV cameras and actually, he bought CCTV cameras."

Rajinder, was arrested over a week later and remained in custody without applying for bail.

Singh's father, Nishan, flew from India to New Zealand upon learning of the tragedy, expressing confidence in the justice system's ability to deliver appropriate punishment for the responsible party.

Following the incident, the Otago Punjabi Foundation Trust established a Givealittle page, which garnered nearly $46,000 from almost 1000 donors in three weeks.

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