Saturday 26 May 2018

Gay bank worker guilty of murdering wife and burning body months after lavish wedding

Jasvir Ginday, 29, with his wife Varkha Rani, 24, on their wedding day,
Jasvir Ginday, 29, with his wife Varkha Rani, 24, on their wedding day,
Home of Jasvir Ginday and Varkha Rani
Undated handout photo issued by West Midlands Police of a garden rubbish incinerator of the type Jasvir Ginday used to burn his wife's body
Bank worker Jasvir Ginday, 29

A gay bank worker has been convicted of murdering his wife before burning her body just months after they tied the knot in a lavish arranged marriage ceremony.

The jury of seven women and five men took around 17 hours to find Jasvir Ginday guilty of Varkha Rani's murder after a three-week trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

He had already admitted manslaughter and perverting the course of justice by attempting to dispose of the 24-year-old's remains in a patio incinerator in the back garden of their marital home in Walsall, West Midlands.

Ginday initially told police that his Indian wife - who had only been in the UK for three weeks - had packed her bags and walked out on him following a row at their home in Victory Lane.

The 29-year-old claimed throughout his trial that he had accidentally killed Ms Rani while restraining her with a vacuum cleaner hose, after she had apparently threatened to expose his homosexuality to family and friends.

But the jury believed the prosecution's case that the Royal Bank of Scotland employee had planned the killing of his university-educated wife.

Ginday, who showed no obvious emotion as the unanimous verdict was returned, will be sentenced later today.

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