Shortly before taking his own life, a Queens man who had stabbed his wife to death in the early hours of New Year’s Day had just one request — he wanted to be cremated, police sources said Tuesday.
In a bizarre phone call to his mother, Vinny Loknath, 46, called his mother and asked her not to bury him, but to burn his body, which was found hanging from a tree in Forest Park at about 11 a.m. Monday, sources said.
At the time, Loknath’s mother didn’t know that her son had just stabbed his wife, Stacy Singh, 26, after a New Year’s Eve filled with cocaine and hard partying, police said.
The two had a 5-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter together.
Singh was found stabbed repeatedly in the back and was left facedown in the couple’s Richmond Hill home on 103rd Ave. near 113th St., according to the sources.
A knife was found near her abandoned corpse when police arrived around 2 p.m.
Loknath — who was found swinging from a tree three hours earlier about 1 1/2 miles from the murder scene — was immediately linked to the killing.
Singh is the city’s first murder victim of 2018, police said.
Friends of the couple told police that Loknath and Singh were arguing with each other all night. The fighting was so loud at one point that the two were thrown out of the club where they were celebrating, family members said.
Cops arrested Loknath for attacking Singh last September and charged him with misdemeanor assault.
A judge granted an order of protection barring Loknath from being near Singh until October 2019, but the couple apparently reconciled, police sources said.
“(He) was very abusive to her,” Romain Shaw, Singh’s brother-in-law, told the Daily News on Monday. “She stayed with him no matter what because they had two kids together. She was hoping for him to change, but he never did.”
Queens wife killer told mom to 'cremate me,' then hanged himself