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

PTI
Published : May 24, 2017, 1:11 pm IST
Updated : May 24, 2017, 1:11 pm IST

Manisha Patel was found guilty by a jury in July 2015 for allegedly killing Purvi Joshi in 2013 in Sydney.

 In 2015, Patel was sentenced to a maximum term of 24 years in jail, with a non-parole period of 18 years. (Photo: Representational)
  In 2015, Patel was sentenced to a maximum term of 24 years in jail, with a non-parole period of 18 years. (Photo: Representational)

Melbourne: 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 on Wednesday 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.

Tags: indian, court trial, murder
Location: Australia, Victoria, Melbourne