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.