Domestic help gets seven years in prison for bid to poison employer

Finding him guilty of poisoning his employers' food with mercury, a local court Friday sent Kuldeep Singh behind bars for seven years and fined him Rs 10,000. Singh was held guilty on charges of attempt to murder.

The case was registered on June 28, 2011. Kuldeep Singh had been serving as a domestic help to the wife of a late judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for eight years. He had been appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to help 72-year-old Shavinder Kaur.

In October 2011, Kuldeep Singh was accused of adding mercury in the food of the elderly woman. However, the woman suspected foul play in the food which Kuldeep served and noticed something shining in the chapatis. Her son Amarpal Sidhu made a complaint to the Police. After the chemical analysis report of the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory confirmed the presence of mercury in the chapatis which were served to the elderly woman, a case was registered on June 28, 2012.

The motive for serving mercury could not be established and also the quantity of mercury which was added in the food. Amarpal Sidhu, son of late Judge Sidhu, a resident of Sector 15 had made a complaint stating that the domestic help, Kuldeep, a resident of Talwandi Saboo tried to serve a poisonous substance to his mother which was later established to be mercury.

Police took three samples of the food which Shavinder Kaur was served and sent them to CFSL. The CFSL, in a June 2012 report, confirmed that the chapati had mercury in it but the quantity was not established. The police then obtained legal opinion and registered a case. Kuldeep Singh was a government employee and had been with the family for eight years. Reportedly, he used to have regular arguments with the elderly woman.

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