Indian murder mystery solved after 5 years
An Indian couple have been convicted of murdering their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi Talwar and their Nepalese servant, finally providing a verdict to the murder mystery which lasted over five and a half years.
Dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar wept in court as they were convicted of murder, destroying evidence and misleading investigators.
In 2008 their only daughter, Aarushi, who was 14- years-old, was found with her throat surgically slit and having suffered a fatal head wound in the family home in the affluent town of Noida, near Delhi.
Suspicion initially fell on the family’s housekeeper Hemraj, until his bludgeoned body was found on the Talwars' roof just a day later.
At an early stage in the investigation, police alleged that father Rajesh had murdered his daughter after finding the pair in what was described as a ‘compromising situation’.
Both parents were later charged, but they always maintained that they were not guilty and that the sensational media coverage of the case in India had demonised them and damaged their defence.
Now, after five and a half years of dramatic twists and turns, India’s most famous whodunit mystery had a verdict delivered.
The court in Ghaziabad kept journalists out with tight security, and information trickled out via lawyers. Camera crews were perched on the tops of trees and the courtroom boundary wall to get the best shot.
The couple burst into tears when judge Shyam Lal read out the verdict in a crowded court room in the city of Ghaziabad.
They issued a statement expressing their anguish at the verdict. Sentencing is to take place later this week and the couple could face a life sentence or even the death penalty. Their lawyers say they will appeal.
In a written statement, the Talwars said: "We are deeply disappointed, hurt and anguished for being convicted for a crime that we have not committed. We refuse to feel defeated and will continue to fight for justice."