This is the chilling moment when a cold-blooded killer casually strolls through Bunnings shopping for the equipment he needs to bury his ex-girlfriend alive in a shallow grave.
Tarikjot Singh abducted 21-year-old Jasmeen Kaur from the South Australian nursing home where she worked in North Plympton, Adelaide, in March 2021.
She was later bound with duct tape and cable ties and then buried while still conscious on Death Rock near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.
Ms Kaur died from ‘active breathing and swallowing dirt’.
Canto jailed Thursday and handed over a non-parole term of less than 23 years.
Now CCTV footage has surfaced of Singh casually strolling through a hardware store buying a shovel, cable ties, duct tape, gloves and a jerry can in the hours before he carried out his cruel crime.
At one point, he even asks a staff member for help.
Singh, who was 20 at the time, initially pleaded not guilty to Ms Kaur’s murder, but changed his plea a month before his High Court trial was due to begin in March 2023.
On Tuesday, Judge Adam Kimber ordered Singh to serve a non-parole period of 22 years and 10 months, which is only slightly longer than South Australia’s mandatory minimum non-parole period for murder of 20 years.
Handing down the sentence, Judge Adam Kimber said the murder was “horrifying” and “extremely callous” and that he could find no words to describe the horror of Ms Kaur’s final moments, the abc informed.
“The terror she felt when she was abducted, restrained, and kept in the car during the long drive to Moralana Creek is hard enough to estimate,” Judge Kimber said.
“I cannot describe the terror that Ms Kaur must have been experiencing when she realized she was being buried alive.”
Tarikjot Singh (pictured) was given a non-parole period of 22 years and 10 months for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Jasmeen Kaur.
Jasmeen Kaur (pictured), aged 21, was abducted from her workplace and then bound with tape and cable ties and then buried alive on Death Rock near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.
The court heard that Singh had not disclosed details of how he abducted Ms Kaur from her workplace or what he did to her in the hours that followed.
However, Judge Kimber said the evidence was clear that she had suffered immense suffering and had been forced to endure a long car ride bound and gagged.
Judge Kimber said it was clear the murder was planned and that Singh had taken steps to cover up the horrifying deed.
“The enormity of what he was doing must have been clear to you,” Judge Kimber said.
‘There was time for reflection. There was time to deviate from the plan. Nonetheless, he went ahead and killed Mrs. Kaur.
Judge Kimber told Singh that it was “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the killer’s only concern was himself.
“You killed Ms. Kaur to punish her for not wanting a relationship with you and for going to the police,” he said.
Singh will be in his mid-forties when he is eligible to apply for parole in January 2044.
Ms Kaur was buried alive in a shallow grave in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.
CCTV footage has emerged of Singh casually strolling through Bunnings buying a shovel, cable ties, duct tape, gloves and a jerry can in the hours before carrying out his cruel crime (pictured)
Police had warned Singh for harassment in early February 2021, less than a month before the murder.
During the sentencing filings, the court heard that Singh wrote several messages, which he never finished sending, to Ms Kaur in the days before her death.
One statement read: ‘Your bad luck I’m still alive cheap wait and see you’ll get the answer each and everyone will get the answer’ and ‘deep in what I feel but can’t get over’.
When first questioned by police on March 6, he said he did not remember when he last saw Ms. Kaur and insisted that he had been at her home on the night of her death.
A day later, Singh told police officers that Ms Kaur had committed suicide and that he had buried her in Flinders Ranges.
He took police to the burial site, where officers found Ms. Kaur’s shoes, glasses and work badge in a bin, along with cable ties.
Ms Kaur in 2021 provided a statement to police detailing how Singh had harassed her
Ms Kaur had provided a statement to police just five weeks before her death detailing how her ‘overly possessive’ killer repeatedly harassed her at her workplace.
On January 28, 2021, Ms Kaur wrote that she had been in a controlling relationship with Singh for approximately nine months.
“He was too possessive and wanted to control who he spent time with,” he said in the document released by the Supreme Court.
Ms Kaur told police that she had ended the relationship on January 4, 2021, but Singh “did not take it well”.
“He said I had to be with him or else he would try to kill himself,” she said.
During their relationship, she said Singh would sometimes get “mad” when she made plans to go out with friends and would call her and demand she go home.
Singh, an Indian national who came to Australia to study IT at university and who had also been working as a relief carer, is likely to be deported when he is released from prison.