The sister of a man accused of pouring gasoline on his wife and setting it on fire said: "He was stressed and couldn't afford to pay the mortgage himself."
- Kulwinder Singh, 41, is accused of murdering Ms. Parwinder Kaur, 32, alive
- He denies murder and says that she set fire to herself in Sydney in 2013
- His sister told the court that her brother was stressed that he could not pay the mortgage
A man's sister, who is accused of burning his wife, said her brother was stressed because he couldn't afford to pay the mortgage, a court heard.
Manjinda Kaur Hoffi testified in the trial of her brother Kulwinder Singh (41), who did not plead guilty in December 2013 to murdering Parwinder Kaur (32).
Ms. Kaur suffered burns to 90 percent of her body in the gasoline fire at the couple's house in Rouse Hill, Sydney.
The Crown claims that Singh was responsible for her death, but he told the police "she did it to herself" while he was up.
Singh's sister informed the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday that the couple had problems with their mortgage.
She added that her brother was stressed and upset and said he couldn't pay for everything himself.
The 41-year-old Kulwinder Singh from Sydney is accused of murdering his wife by setting her on fire
Kulwinder Singh, 41, pleaded not guilty to murder Parwinder Kaur (pictured together), 32, at her home in Rouse Hill in December 2013
But she described her marriage as happy and said that she had never seen her fight.
Ms. Kaur Hoffi said she would be surprised if her brother had said in mid-2011 that he had no relationship with his wife or that "I no longer want to see her face".
Singh's mother, Ranjit Kaur, also gave a testimony on Thursday, describing her son's relationship as “happy”.
"They both loved each other very much," said Ms. Kaur.
The dead woman's relatives testified that Singh packed his wife, saw her with bruises that she said were caused by her husband, and said that he had abused her.
But Singh's mother lived with the couple at various stages, testifying that she had never seen her son hit or beat his wife with a thong, bump or abuse her, or abuse her.
"Nothing like that ever happened," she said, speaking through a Punjabi interpreter.
The dead woman's relatives testified that Singh packed his wife and saw them with bruises, which she said were caused by her husband
Parwinder Kaur suffered burns to 90 percent of her body in the gasoline fire at her home in Rouse Hill
Ms. Kaur said she also worked on the same mushroom farm as her daughter-in-law, and the employees sometimes bumped themselves when they climbed the platforms.
The dead woman's brother, Sukhvinder Singh, had previously told the jury that his sister had to cook, wash and clean for the whole family, including her parents-in-law when they lived there.
But Ms. Kaur said on Thursday that her daughter-in-law had not washed all the clothes, used a washing machine and was not forced to wash by hand, and had participated in the cooking.
"There was no complaint," she said.
& # 39; Nothing was going on. It was like a happy family. & # 39;
She also denied suggestions that she or other family members had abused and criticized her daughter-in-law for cooking or other mistakes.
The trial continues before Justice Natalie Adams.
Kulwinder Singh will arrive at the King Street Courts in Sydney on Monday, September 16
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