Husband convicted of killing his wife and burning her corpse

17/04/2014

A 29-year-old Walsall man, who killed his wife and then tried to conceal his crime by attempting to burn her body in his garden incinerator, has today been found guilty of her murder and jailed for life.

A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that Jasvir Ram Ginday had entered into an arranged marriage in India with the victim, 24-year-old Varkha Rani. They got married on 28 March 2013. Shortly the wedding the defendant returned home and applied for a Spouse Visa to enable his new wife to join him in the UK.

On 10 August 2013, Varkha duly arrived at Birmingham airport and began her married life with Ginday, moving into 31 Victory Road, Walsall, the family home which he shared with his parents.

A month later, on 12 September 2013, the defendant visited a local police station to report his wife missing, claiming that after assaulting him, she had packed her belongings and left.

Concerned by the sudden and unexplained disappearance of Varkha Rani, police commenced enquiries with the defendant's neighbours, who described seeing thick black smoke coming from Ginday's back garden which had started on the day of her alleged disappearance and continued into the following day.

On 13 September, officers visited the defendant's house. During a thorough search of the garden area they noted the smell of recent burning. Ginday claimed that he was disposing of foodstuffs but when asked about the contents of the garden incinerator he told the police it contained ashes. When officers lifted the lid they found themselves looking down on the partial remains of a human skull.

It quickly became apparent that the remnants of Varkha Rani's badly burnt body were folded up in the incinerator. Her skull had pock marks where Ginday had been poking her head with a stick to accelerate the burning process. Among the burnt debris of her body and clothing forensic examiners later found her wedding ring which bore the inscription, 'V and G 2013'.

The defendant was later arrested and charged with the murder of his wife.

Ian Crooks, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Throughout this prosecution, Jasvir Ginday has concocted various accounts to explain the disappearance of new, young his wife, all which were designed to cover up her pre-meditated murder and his barbaric attempts to disposes of her body.

"The defendant displayed a callous disregard for a young woman who was prepared to leave her family, home and country to become his wife. Ginday entered into an engagement with a family and misled Varkha and her family, who trusted him and his stated intentions.  

"When faced with reality, brought about by Varkha's arrival in the UK, Ginday decided to erase his wife from his life by killing her and disposing of her with the garden rubbish rather than acknowledging his own deception and dishonourable behaviour. Thereafter he wove a web of lies to conceal what he had done.

"We are delighted that the jury has seen through his multiple deceptions and found Ginday guilty of murder.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Varkha in India, and we extend our deepest sympathy to them and her father who has been at court throughout the proceedings."