Parwinder Kaur, 32, became a human fireball when her husband Kulwinder Singh, 41, poured petrol over her and set her on fire at their home in Sydney, Australia.
Kulwinder Singh allegedly murdered his 32-year-old wife Parwinder Kaur – who suffered burns to 90 per cent of her body – on December 2, 2013, at their Rouse Hill home.
Ms Kaur died a day after she was set on fire and ran from the couple’s Rouse Hill home while on fire from the neck down.
Her brother, Sukhvinder Singh, on Monday told the jury of an occasion in 2012 when she and her husband were arguing about her wanting to put some of her pay in her own bank account.
They both stood up and his brother-in-law raised his hand and was about to assault her, he said. “I said: ‘No, you cannot do this. This is my house’,” Mr Singh said.
But his brother-in-law replied, “No, you can’t interfere”, saying it was “his prerogative if he wanted to hit her or do whatever he wanted to her”.
Mr Singh said that in June 2011 his sister told him her husband had bashed her and thrown her out of their house, saying “he hit me with a shoe in my belly”.
The Crown alleges Kulwinder Singh was responsible for her death, while he told police “she did it to herself” when he was upstairs in their bedroom.
The husband has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife in suburban Sydney, Australia. Ms Kaur’s brother, Sukhvinder Singh, broke down in tears as he told jurors his sister “was the strongest amongst our family”.
Kulwinder Singh claims he ran downstairs to find her in flames. The trial continues.