‘I was angry, lost control’: Indian-origin man in UK jailed for killing wife, stuffing body in suitcase
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‘I was angry, lost control’: Indian-origin man in UK jailed for killing wife, stuffing body in suitcase

Ashwin Daudia had denied the murder charge, claiming he lost his temper during an argument with Kiran Daudia at their home in Leicester last January and did not attack her deliberately

world Updated: Feb 03, 2018 15:58 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, London
Indian Origin,Murder,UK
Ashwin Daudia denied the murder charge, claiming he lost his temper during an argument with Kiran Daudia. (Image courtesy: Leicestershire Police)

Ashwin Daudia, described as a ‘controlling’ husband who strangled his wife Kiran, put her body in a suitcase and dragged it near their house to dispose it off, was on Friday jailed for life in a widely followed case in the east Midlands city of Leicester.

The incident on January 16 last year was preceded by tense relations between the two, who were married in 1998 and divorced in 2014. Their house was sold to Kiran’s sister so that she continued to stay there with their two sons without Ashwin.

The Leicester Crown Court was told that both lived in the same house after divorce, but the sale had been completed on January 16 and Ashwin was to move out. They had an altercation when Kiran returned from work and saw Ashwin sleeping, and woke him up.

It was during this altercation that she reportedly told him to go to India to die, which further enraged Ashwin, who said he “lost control” and strangled her. He was said to have later gone about his normal life, until the body was recovered and the police caught up with him.

Judge Timothy Spencer said Ashwin’s conduct represented “selfishness and violence on a wicked scale”, described him as “arrogant, bullying and bent on maintaining control” as opposed to his “academically gifted, outgoing, fashionable and westernised” wife.

Judge Timothy Spencer described Kiran as a bright and vibrant woman who had much to offer. (Image courtesy: Leicestershire Police)

Sentencing him, the judge said: “You’ve deprived this world of a bright and vibrant woman, who had much to offer, who lived for her children…You were less bright, but your cover-up in this case reveals you’re not without wit or, for that matter, cunning”.

“You were conservative, content to go to work and then to drink in the pub or at home. You regarded yourself as the dominant figure in the marriage…You clung to the view you were the dominant force of the family and were entitled to control events”.

Detective sergeant Mark Wesley, who was part of the investigation team, said: “The evidence against Daudia was overwhelming, with CCTV work and forensic examinations helping us to build a strong case against him”.

“Through his own selfish, cowardly actions, Daudia has ripped this family apart, leaving two doting sons without a mother and other family members distraught and struggling to get over the pain and heartache he has caused.”

In a statement, Kiran’s family said: “Kiran was full of life, with a vibrant personality, a loving, caring mother and a very thoughtful daughter, sister and aunt. Her friendly and charismatic nature meant she had many friends. She was simply beautiful and loved having photographs taken. She was the backbone of the family, very kind, generous and angelic”.

“We as a family cannot even begin to describe the loss and emptiness in our heart. Her perpetual smile will be missed everyday of our lives by everyone who knew her. Kiran had lots of dreams and aspirations which were untimely taken away by this demonic act. Life without her will never be the same”.

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 08:55 IST