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Elm Park’s Singh ‘battered wife to death’

Tarsame Singh

A former postmistress’s husband has been charged with her murder after she was discovered beaten to death at her house.

Tarsame Singh, 79, will appear in court today charged with the murder of his 77-year-old wife Maya Devi.

On Tuesday evening, Singh surrendered to police outside the couple’s house in Hornchurch, East London. Officers and paramedics rushed to the residence just after 9.30 p.m. and discovered Ms Devi with significant head injuries.

She was declared dead at the scene a short time later.

Singh, who worked the post office in neighbouring Rainham for many years before retiring, is due to appear in Barkingside Magistrates’ Court today afternoon accused with murder.

Ms Devi was scheduled to travel to Lanzarote for a vacation next week, according to MailOnline.

She went to the Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association (HASWA) community hall near her house on a daily basis to do Yoga and meet friends for lunch.

Nirmala Leal, an outreach worker at HASWA, saw her just hours before she was discovered dead.

Ms Leal said: ‘I spoke to Maya yesterday afternoon, about 1.30pm, and she seemed to be in a good mood. In fact she was excited as she was going on holiday next week. ‘She had come to the community centre for yoga, which she did every week, and told me that she wouldn’t be in from Wednesday as she was going to Lanzarote for six days with a female friend. ‘Maya was such a lovely lady, really warm-hearted. She loved singing as much as yoga and had a smile for everyone.

‘I can’t believe this has happened and that she has gone. I saw her just a few hours before her death, it doesn’t seem real that I won’t see her again.’

Ms Devi was originally from India but had been living in Britain for more than 50-years. Manjit Singh, HASWA’s project development officer, said: ‘Maya had been coming here for the last four-years and was a really popular member.

‘She would turn up at least four days a week. To begin with she was quiet and fairly withdrawn but gradually she came out of her shell and was full of so much fun and happiness. ‘She came to our lunches and picnics and loved the seaside outings to places like Eastbourne and Hastings.

‘She had the best smile and a little glint in her eye. I loved her company. There was never any mention of any unhappiness or unpleasantness at home, so I’m shocked that this has happened to her.

‘This has really left us all numb because Maya was the gentlest, kindest and most wonderful lady.’

Police have cordoned off Ms Devi and her husband Tarsame Singh’s three-story end terrace residence.

Neighbour and friend, Kartar Singh Panesar, 87, told MailOnline: ‘I just don’t know what happened or why. They were a lovely couple, I never once saw or heard them argue. I certainly didn’t hear anything last night.

‘The first I knew was when the police turned up. ‘Tarsame used to run the post office in Rainham for many years but recently retired but sometimes if there were staffing difficulties he’d still help out there as he knew how everything worked.

‘He and his wife have been living in Britain for more than 50-years. They are both from India and before moving to Hornchurch, they lived in East Ham. They have a son and two daughters, who are all devastated. We all are.’

We will have more as the case progresses.

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