Indian to be charged with wife, stepdaughter’s murder in Australia

June 2nd, 2008 - 10:22 am ICT by admin  

By Neena Bhandari
Sydney, June 2 (IANS) A man will be charged with murder after the bodies of his wife, 38-year-old Jyoti Mehta and his nine-year-old stepdaugher Ujalla Dinesh, both Indian nationals, were found Monday morning in Blue Mountains, about an hour’s drive west of Sydney, according to New South Wales police. On Sunday, at about 2 p.m., a bushwalker sighted a female’s body at the bottom of Echo Point lookout in the Blue Mountains, a popular tourist spot, and informed the police.

About 6 p.m. Sunday night, local police from Blue Mountains Local Area Command and the Rescue Squad located the body of a second female, a short distance from the first body.

Mehta’s 41-year-old husband, who reported her and her daughter missing almost a month ago, was arrested Sunday night at 10.15 p.m. from the family house in Dunn Way Blacktown, a western Sydney suburb.

Police say the man is expected to be charged with two counts of murder and refused bail.

Due to deteriorating weather and light conditions, the Blue Mountains crime scene was secured overnight and the bodies were retrieved this morning.

Although formal identification is yet to be carried out the bodies are believed to be those of a woman and child, missing since March 5, 2008.

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