Body set to be flown home

PREPARATIONS were today under way for the body of a former Suffolk woman allegedly murdered by her husband in Fiji to be flown home this weekend.Speaking from the South Pacific island, Christine Stringer said it was a “massive relief” that the body of her 39-year-old sister, Wendy Singh, would be back in the UK.

PREPARATIONS were today under way for the body of a former Suffolk woman allegedly murdered by her husband in Fiji to be flown home this weekend.

Speaking from the South Pacific island, Christine Stringer said it was a “massive relief” that the body of her 39-year-old sister, Wendy Singh, would be back in the UK.

It is alleged that Wendy was murdered by her husband Raymond, 29, a former sub-editor on The Evening Star's sister paper, the East Anglian Daily Times, on the weekend of May 10/11 at their home in Fiji following an argument.

Fijian police sources have unofficially told local media that she was stabbed 71 times and the autopsy results show that she died from fatal injuries to the throat.


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Singh was arrested, charged and refused bail and is scheduled to appear in the High Court of Fiji tomorrow.

An appeal fund by the Lucie Blackman Trust has been raising money to pay for Wendy's body and her 16-year-old son George, who suffers from Autism, to be flown back to the UK.

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Mrs Stringer said: “It is a massive relief because I just want her home. I want to know that she will be cared for at home.

“All I want to do is get her and George home and get justice for her and make sure the kids are looked after because she did not deserve this - if you knew her you would realise that she never deserved this.”

Singh and Wendy - who also had two children born in Fiji where Singh grew up - left their Ipswich home last year.

Following her death Wendy's relatives approached the Lucie Blackman Trust's Missing Abroad Programme for help with the costs involved with recovering her body and bringing her oldest son back to the UK where he will live with Mrs Stringer and her family.

Despite raising enough money to fly out to Fiji and repatriate Wendy's remains, the family still needs to raise money to get George home.

“I have not had much chance to talk to the Lucie Blackman Trust because everyday brings a new challenge but I think the appeal is going quite slow so hopefully it will pick up,” Mrs Stringer said. “I just want to thank everybody for being so kind and if they would be kind enough to put in a donation because everything goes into helping the family and making sure that justice is done.”

Members of the public can donate online at the web address below using a secure credit/debit card link. You can also call the donation hotline on 0904 0440180 or send cheques to the address on the website.

www.lucieblackmantrust.org.

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