Husband brutally slashed his wife’s neck before dumping her body at night

A husband who murdered his wife in a brutal attack has been jailed after he slashed her throat and left her on the floor to bleed to death.

Kashish Aggarwal took a knife to the neck of 29-year Geetika Goyal before he dumped her body.

A court heard this week how the 28-year-old wrapped Geetika’s body in plastic sheeting at their home, before dragging her into the garage where he lobbed her into the boot of her own Mercedes car.

Savage Kashish then drove to a quiet residential cul-de-sac nearby during the night and left her body on the pavement, on Wednesday March 3.

Geetika Goyal’s brother, Hemant Goyal, said the murder had left a “huge void” in his family’s life

He then contacted her family pretending she had gone missing in a sick hoax.

This week Aggarwal was sentenced to a minimum term of 20 years and six months behind bars after pleading guilty at an earlier trial.

The Judge Timothy Spencer QC said the defendant clearly “harboured very dark thoughts” during the lead up to the killing, according to Leicester Live.

Two weeks earlier Kashish Aggarwal had booked a flight to India, for March 5, as an “escape route”.

The court heard that Geetika, who worked at her family’s textile business, in Leicester, was her “usual happy self” that day and returned home to Wintersdale Road, Thurnby Lodge at 5.30pm.

She spoke to her mother on the phone at 6pm and made a missed call to a friend at 7pm.

The defendant, who worked at Amazon in Coalville, arrived home in his VW Polo at 7.03pm and within two minutes had moved his wife’s car out of the drive to reverse it back in, so the boot was next to the garage door.

Judge Spencer told Aggarwal at Leicester Crown Court: “In the next hour you killed your wife.

“It was a brutal and merciless killing and you stabbed her repeatedly, concentrating on her neck and upper chest area.”

She suffered at least 19 separate wounds including a severed jugular vein and a deep chest wound, caused by an eight-inch chef’s knife.

Judge Spencer told Aggarwal, who remained emotionless in the dock throughout the hearing: “She lost a lot of blood and you allowed her body to bleed out and set about cleaning up and covering your tracks.

“She fought to save her life and must have been in immense pain before her life ebbed away.

“I strongly suspect you watched her life evaporate.

“It amounts to the execution of your wife.

“She was killed in her own home and you attempted to brazen it out with her family, claiming she had gone missing.

“You wrapped her in plastic sheeting and loaded her body into the boot and at 8.14pm drove away.”

The judge said at 8.17pm he deposited her body about half a mile away “without any dignity” on the pavement, where she was discovered six hours later, at 2.25am.

He said that a moving personal statement, read out by the victim’s brother, Hemant Goyal, demonstrated the “anguish and despair” suffered by all her family.

The prosecutor, William Harbage QC, said the couple wed in an arranged marriage, in India, in December 2016.

Aggarwal joined his wife in Leicester the following summer, where Geetika’s family provided them with a nice home, cars and finances.

Judge Spencer said: “On the surface all seemed well, both were in employment and had a well appointed house in a nice area, but there were tensions in the marriage.

“She was to confide to her mother that sexual relations were rare. At one point she indicated she didn’t want the marriage to continue and they were encouraged to work on it together.”

Geetika confided to a friend that her husband had once or twice hit and kicked her.

The court heard that after leaving her body on the pavement, alongside scissors he used to cut off the plastic sheeting, Aggarwal phoned members of Geetika’s family at 8.30pm saying she was not at home and he did not know where she was.

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Mr Harbage said: “It was a cruel deception and they went straight away to Wintersdale Road, arriving by 8.43pm to help look for her and to call the police.

He told the court: “The cleaning up must have been done before the body was deposited, rather than when he got back.”

Airborne blood spatters were found in the dining room and blood was found elsewhere downstairs.

The defendant’s blood-stained clothing and plastic sheeting were found in two suitcases, one in the garage and one under a bed upstairs.

In his statement on behalf of the family, the victim’s grieving brother, Hemant Goyal, said his sister’s death had left a “huge void.”

He added: “We can never imagine the pain she went through when she was taken away.”

He said she would have been scared and screaming for help as she was “terrorised and tortured” by the “cowardly” defendant whose actions were “monstrous, evil and callous.”

He said he was “tormented and haunted” by the fact he was not there to save his beloved sister.

Hemant also said Geetika was a wonderful aunt to his two young children, who struggled to understand what had happened to her.

Aggarwal, wearing jeans, a red T-shirt and zipped up blue jacket with red stipes along the sleeves, sat in the dock expressionless, looking straight ahead, avoiding the public gallery and gave no sign of emotion when the sentence was passed.

His barrister, Tim Clark QC said Aggarwal had not destroyed or hidden his wife’s body, but had left it where it would be found.

He said there was no attempt at secrecy about his intended trip to India on March 5.

He said Aggarwal was educated to post-graduate level in India and had no previous convictions.

Afterwards, Detective Inspector Jenni Heggs, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “Today my thoughts are with Geetika Goyal and her family.

“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.

“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.

“My thanks do go to Geetika’s family for their bravery, patience and co-operation with us during the past eight months as well as to all those who helped us during the investigation.”

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