Husband to be tried for murder over wife's death fall
He faces the mandatory death penalty if convicted. -ST
THE husband of a woman found dead at the foot of a block of flats in Stirling Road last July has been ordered to be tried for her murder.
At a preliminary inquiry on Tuesday, Tharema Vejayan Govindasamy, 39, was committed to stand trial in the High Court. His two-week trial has been scheduled to start on April 28.
Tharema is accused of murdering Madam Smaelmeeral Abdul Aziz, 32, at about 4.40am at Block 181 Stirling Road on July 1 last year.
Madam Smaelmeeral's body was found at the foot of the block around that time. A trail of blood led to the 11th and 13th storeys, according to media reports.
Two days later, Tharema was arrested at the Police Cantonment Complex.
The couple, who were in the process of getting a divorce, had two children - a boy, aged four, and a girl, aged two.
Tharema, an odd-job worker, now faces the mandatory death penalty if convicted. Deputy Public Prosecutors Tan Kiat Peng and Stella Tan have lined up 70 witnesses to prove their case against him.
Lawyers S. Radakrishnan and Aziz Tayabali have been assigned by the State to defend Tharema.
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