A 28-year-old Indian-origin man who stabbed his wife multiple times before driving to a nearby street where he left her body on the pavement has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a UK court on Monday, after pleading guilty to murder.
Kashish Aggarwal attacked wife Geetika Goyal at their home on Wintersdale Road in Leicester, central England, on March 3 this year. He then put her body into the boot of her car and drove around half a mile to Uppingham Close, where he left her body on the street before driving back home, Leicestershire Crown Court was told.
Mr Aggarwal was sentenced by the court to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 20 years and six months before being eligible for parole.
“Today's hearing sadly will not bring Geetika back but I do hope it helps Geetika's family in some small way to see that justice has been done for their daughter and sister who lost her life in this most horrendous way,” said Detective Inspector Jenni Heggs, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit of Leicestershire Police, who was the Senior Investigating Officer in the case.
She added: “Geetika was just 29 years old when a person, who she should have been able to rely on and trust, violently attacked her in her own home before ultimately dumping her body in a nearby street.
“Aggarwal showed no remorse and was only interested in trying to cover his own tracks pretending to family, friends and the police that he had no idea what had happened to his wife. He continued to change his version of events a number of times when being interviewed by police.”
Trying to cover his tracks, Mr Aggarwal made calls to his wife's phone and to family and friends reporting his concern that he had not seen his wife since arriving home from work that evening.
The victim's brother then reported his sister missing to police.
The following morning, March 4, police received a call from a member of the public reporting that a woman was lying on the pavement in Uppingham Close. Geetika Goyal was found with multiple stab wounds to her neck, shoulder, chest and arm. East Midlands Ambulance Service were also in attendance and Ms Goyal was pronounced dead at the scene.
A murder investigation was launched, with Mr Aggarwal initially being treated as a significant witness. But following initial enquiries, he was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly after. CCTV enquiries also showed the husband driving Goyal's car to deposit her body. This included CCTV of Aggarwal turning the car around in the driveway at the home during the evening so that the vehicle boot was facing the property.
Mr Aggarwal was charged with his wife's murder within days, on March 6, and remanded into custody.
“My thanks do go to Geetika's family for their bravery, patience and cooperation with us during the past eight months as well as to all those who helped us during the investigation, including witnesses and the local community,” said Detective Inspector Heggs.
Following the sentencing, Geetika's family issued a statement through the police to express their “devastation” at losing a member of their "close knit" family and shared how they recently travelled to India to scatter the ashes.
“We cried during the journey there. We should not have been doing what we were doing. This was not how it should have been. We just wish we could have done more to help her when she needed us the most,” they said.
Their statement read: “Geetu was a kind, gentle, humble and honest person. She would not do anything to harm anyone else and always spoke politely of people. She was a good person who listened and cared for others. She was innocent and did nothing to deserve her death.
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