A 32-year-old Punjabi man from London has been accused of orchestrating the murder of his 28-year-old wife. According to reports from the Metro newspaper, Harpreet Aulakh, of Chestnut Close, Greenford, is alleged to have commissioned her death for £5,000 because she asked him for a divorce.
One jury member sat open mouthed in disbelief when he heard that the mother of two, Geetah Aulakh, died from wounds to her head and arms and was found with her right hand cut off.
Prosecuting lawyer Aftab Jafferjee suggested that the injuries to her hand were a result of her trying to protect her head when she was attacked.
The other four defendents, 19-year-old Sher Singh from Wren Avenue, Southall, 20-year-old Harpreet Singh from Elmwood Road Slough and 30-year-old Jaswinder Dhillon of High Road Illford, including Harpreet Aulakh, are being tried in connection to the murder.
Yesterday, Jafferjee told the jury at the Old Bailey of a substantial amount of phone communications between the four men over the space of a month in the lead up to Geetah’s death.
Jafferjee showed the court room a replica knife provided by the police which is thought to be similar to the instrument used to harm Mrs Aulakh. The jury were also shown pictures of the road in which the event took place, the knife, and a plain black tracksuit alleged to have been worn by the murderer and then dumped into a nearby canal.
The tracksuit which was found with the knife in the river still had traces of blood on it. It also contained hair remains which forensics have identified to be that of Harpreet Aulakh. However, Mr Aulakh denies all allegations and his phone records show him calling his wife after the time of the murder. He was also seen in a pub on CCTV footage at the time of the event.
Sher Singh, Harpeet Singh and Jaswinder Dhillon deny any allegations and the trial continues at the Old Bailey.