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GUILTY: Hemanshu Patel
A STUDENT who murdered his father, mother and sister during a family row was jailed for life yesterday.
Hemanshu Patel, 21, shook his head in disbelief as the jury at Manchester Crown Court convicted him of the gruesome killings.
But Mr Justice Sachs said Patel had “rightly” been convicted by the court and said: “A graver crime is difficult to imagine. I have to consider with care the recommendation I make to the Home Secretary as to the minimum sentence you can serve. While you are shaking your head at me, this was a terrible, terrible thing to do”.
The jury took just three-and-a-half hours to accept the prosecution case that Tameside College student Patel stabbed his father Natverlalbhai 15 times, his mother Mudhuben seven times and then strangled his sister Manisha on September 15 last year.
After the trial, Chief Supt Dave Crompton said that it was a terrible experience for the relatives and friends of the Patel family.
“Any murder inquiry is difficult to investigate, but when the victims are three members of the same family it is even harder for everyone involved,” he added.
During the trial, prosecutor Henry Globe QC said it would never be known just why Patel committed the murders at the family home in Tewkesbury Avenue, Ashton-under-Lyne.
But it was established that Patel was in debt and owed money to his sister and on credit cards, and had even pocketed cash given to him by his father to pay the electricity bill.
Shortly before the murders took place, Patel’s 47-year-old father was forced to go and pay the bill himself after receiving a final demand and when he returned home, neighbours heard an argument.
During the row, Patel killed his father, 48-year-old mother and 23-year-old sister, leaving her body in the bath. He then tried to cover up the killings by daubing racist graffiti on the walls and ransacking the house in a bid to convince police a burglar had attacked the family.
But in evidence, Patel claimed his father killed his mother and sister and that he then attacked his father.
He said his father was angry over the unpaid bill, slapped his face and said he had let the family down. Patel then claimed that he went upstairs to his room and his father killed the wife and daughter.
Patel said he discovered the killings and attacked his father with a cricket bat and stabbed him because of what he had done.