Man stabbed wife before dumping her body in nearby street
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A man who stabbed his wife multiple times before driving to a nearby street where he left her body on the pavement has been jailed after pleading guilty to murder.
Kashish Aggarwal, 28, attacked Geetika Goyal at their home in Wintersdale Road, Leicester, on the evening of Wednesday 3 March this year before putting her body into the boot of her car and driving around half a mile to Uppingham Close, where he left her body on the street before driving back home.
Trying to cover his tracks, Aggarwal then 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.
Today at Leicester Crown Court, Aggarwal was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 20 years and six months after previously pleading guilty to the murder of Mrs Goyal.
Following the concern raised by Aggarwal, Mrs Goyal’s brother had reported his sister missing to police just before 9pm on 3 March. Police attended the home and enquiries were carried out. At the time of police attending, Aggarwal was at a neighbouring property checking their CCTV.
At 2.25am the following morning, police received a call from a member of the public reporting that a woman was lying on the pavement in Uppingham Close. Police attended where Mrs Goyal was found with multiple stab wounds to her neck, shoulder, chest and arm. East Midlands Ambulance Service were also in attendance and Mrs Goyal was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
A murder investigation was launched with Aggarwal initially being treated as a significant witness. But following initial enquiries, he was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly after Mrs Goyal’s body was found.
Aggarwal told police he had arrived home from work at around 7.30pm on the Wednesday evening and had gone straight to have a shower. He said it was around an hour later that he realised he had not seen his wife and so started making calls to family and friends.
Enquiries carried out by the force’s Murder Investigation Team included a search inside the home where blood was found including in the dining room and garage.
CCTV enquiries also showed the defendant driving Mrs 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. He was then seen to drive the car away at 8.14pm, arriving in Uppingham Close at 8.17pm where he deposited Mrs Goyal’s body. He then arrived back at the family home at 8.21pm. Blood was found in the vehicle.
CCTV analysis tracked the vehicle movements of Aggarwal on the evening of 3 March including leaving his home and driving along Wintersdale Road.
CCTV showed the vehicle stopping in Uppingham Close which was where Aggarwal left Mrs Goyal’s body.
The vehicle was followed on CCTV and seen arriving back at Wintersdale Road shortly after.
Aggarwal was charged with Mrs Goyal’s murder on Saturday 6 March and remanded into custody.
Detective Inspector Jenni Heggs, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, was the Senior Investigating Officer in the case.
She 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 including witnesses and the local community. My thanks also go to the investigating team who have worked tirelessly across the past eight months, remaining dedicated to ensure the right plea was made in court and that Aggarwal was convicted of this brutal crime.”