Leicester man guilty of ex-wife's murder
A man who strangled his ex-wife and hid her body in a suitcase has been convicted of her murder and sentenced today (Friday 2 February).
Ashwin Daudia, 51, used a scarf to strangle Kiran Daudia and attempted to conceal her body in the yard of a nearby property in Leicester.
The pair were divorced but had continued to live together until their house was sold. Ms Daudia was murdered the day the sale was finalised on 16 January 2017. Her body was discovered the next day.
Ashwin Daudia admitted he was responsible for Ms Daudia’s death but said he had not intended to kill her. He was convicted of murder by a jury at Leicester Crown Court and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Janine Smith, from the CPS, said: "There was overwhelming evidence that Ashwin Daudia was not only responsible for Ms Daudia's death, but that he had intended to kill her.
"During the trial the CPS presented evidence to the jury that the injuries Ms Daudia suffered and the defendant’s actions after her death were those of someone with intent to kill or do serious harm and were a calculated attempted to cover up his actions.
"My heartfelt sympathies are with Ms Daudia’s family, especially her two sons, who have had to come to terms with so much. I hope that the conclusion of these proceedings will provide some closure for them."
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Janine Smith is the Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands