Anger after murder suspect gets bail

FAMILY members of a woman allegedly murdered in Fiji by a former Suffolk journalist have reacted with fury after he was granted bail for just £3,000.

FAMILY members of a woman allegedly murdered in Fiji by a former Suffolk journalist have reacted with fury after he was granted bail for just £3,000.

Father-of-two Raymond Singh, 29, previously of Grove Lane, Ipswich, was initially remanded in custody after being charged with the murder of his wife Wendy, 39.

Mrs Singh, a British national, is believed to have been found in a pool of blood in the couple's home in lower Ragg Avenue in Namadi Heights, in the Fijian capital Suva, on May 11.

Following a bail application hearing, Justice Daniel Gounder ordered that Singh be released on bail on a $10,000 surety, which equates to around £3,000.


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Last week Singh, who was a sub-editor with The Evening Star's sister paper the East Anglian Daily Times between October 2004 and January last year, had his bail conditions relaxed so he can continue studying law.

Christine Stringer, Wendy Singh's sister, said her family is outraged that he will not be detained prior to the trial, currently scheduled for January.

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She also claims Singh is now taking care of the couple's two children, five-year-old Kaileb and eight-month-old Jahaan.

Mrs Stringer, 36, who lives on the Isle of Wight, said: “We are not sitting down and taking this lightly.

“We have spoken to the prosecution lawyer but it is difficult to find out what is going on.

“It seems like when we were there they wouldn't bail him but now we are out of the country they have.

“It's ridiculous.”

Magistrate Aminiasi Katonivualiku had previously refused to release Singh on bail because of the seriousness of the crime, and concerns he might unknowingly interfere with witnesses.

The couple, who had been married for three-and-a-half years, moved to Fiji last year so Singh could be closer to his family.

It is believed the defendant, his wife and two children who are aged three months and four years old and his 16- year-old stepson George, only moved to their new home in Namadi Heights a few weeks prior to Mrs Singh's death.

Singh denies murder.

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