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R. v. Sing, 1839


R. v. Sing

Supreme Court, Bombay
22 March 1839
Source: The Bombay Times, 23 March 1839


     Goolub Sing Purtub Sing, a Parsee, was yesterday tried in the Supreme Court for the murder of a woman named Luxmee, his wife or mistress, in the Pingrapoor or animal hospital of Moteechund.  The woman, it appears, had fled from his protection from Cambay, and was living in a room in the Pingrapoor in this city, where the prisoner discovered her.  H e followed her into her room, fastened the door, and stabbed her with a Damascus knife, in three places; - the first blow was superficial and penetrated only the pectoral muscle, the second entered the lungs, the third clove the heart.

   He immediately gave himself up to those who came to arrest him, confessing and glorying in the deed, and asserting that the woman was his mistress.  On his trial, however, he denied his guilt and alleged in his defence that Luxmee was his wife, that she had fled from him, and, on his appearing to reclaim her and enforce her accompanying him, she had herself committed suicide. - The Jury brought in a verdict of GUILTY and the prisoner was sentenced to suffer death on Monday next.

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