Australia: Indian woman’s murder conviction quashed, to face retrial

She was found guilty of the murder of her former lover's fiancee in 2015

By: PTI | Melbourne | Published: May 24, 2017 1:36:24 pm

An Indian national who was found guilty of the murder of her former lover’s fiancee in 2015 has had her conviction quashed by an Australian court today and will face a retrial.

The New South Wales court of Criminal Appeal upheld Manisha Patel’s appeal against the conviction and ordered a retrial, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The then 32-year-old Patel was found guilty by a jury in July 2015 for allegedly killing 28-year-old Purvi Joshi in 2013 in Sydney.

She was sentenced to a maximum term of 24 years in jail, with a non-parole period of 18 years.

Patel appeared in court via video-link from Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre.

Joshi had arrived in Australia from India and was planning to marry Niraj Dave, a fellow Indian national who had previously been in a relationship with Patel.

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