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PUBLISHED: 16:27 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:36 03 July 2010

A FORMER nurse at the James Paget University Hospital, who moved to a tropical paradise to start a dream life with her new husband, was murdered in a brutal attack.

A FORMER nurse at the James Paget University Hospital, who moved to a tropical paradise to start a dream life with her new husband, was murdered in a brutal attack.

Mother-of-four Wendy Singh, 39, was found lying in a pool of blood at the Fiji home she shared with her husband Raymond, who has been charged with her murder.

The former auxiliary nurse, previously known as Wendy Artiss, moved to the South Pacific island in October 2006 with the couple's son four-year-old Kaileb, and her son George, 16. Mrs Singh gave birth to the couple's second son Jahaan, in Fiji.

Mrs Singh's 18-year-old daughter Claire Borrett, who did not get on with Mr Singh, stayed behind in Great Yarmouth.

This week the Great Yarmouth College student said she was angry he had been released on bail until his trial.

Claire, who is studying health and social care, said when her mother met Mr Singh during a university study trip to Fiji in 2004 she “changed dramatically”.

Mrs Singh returned from the trip pregnant and the couple set up home in Keyes Avenue, Yarmouth and later were married at Gorleston register office. They lived in Ipswich for a short while where Mr Singh worked as a sub-editor for the East Anglian Daily Times before moving to Fiji.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mrs Singh died from fatal injuries to the throat. Her body was flown back to the UK with the help of the Lucie Blackman Trust, set up in memory of a 21-year-old who died after going missing in Japan in 2000.

Her funeral was held at the Crematorium in Gorleston on June 12.

George is now living with Wendy's sister, Christine Stringer, on the Isle of Wight while the two sons she had with Mr Singh are living with his parents in Fiji.

Mrs Singh, originally from Surrey, lived in Yarmouth for about 15 years.

Her former best friend Melanie Colby, 38, a ward manager at the James Paget, said: “She was the life and soul of the party and had a very bubbly character.”

Mr Singh, 29, is accused of murdering his wife between May 10 and 11. He appeared at the High Court in Fijian capital of Suva on May 29 and denied murdering her. His trial will begin on January 19.

To make a donation to the Lucie Blackman Trust visit www.lucieblackmantrust.

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