Hours after Manisha Patel, her fiance’s ex-lover came to her apartment, Purvi Joshi was found dead with bruising on her neck, a swollen face and a knife sticking out of her abdomen, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
“She had a knife stuck in her side, I pulled it out and I called you,” a panicked Niraj Dave told a triple zero operator in the early hours of July 30, 2013.
Dave then stayed with his wife-to-be until police arrived at their unit in Bestic Street, Kyeemagh, in Sydney’s south, the jury in Sydney’s Supreme Court was told.
Crown prosecutor Huw Baker told the court Patel was motivated by jealousy when she smothered, strangled and stabbed Purvi on the floor of the unit.
The court heard Purvi was killed a month after she had moved to Sydney from India for love.
But before she arrived in Australia, the court heard her fiance had drunken sex with Patel in Dubai.
Barrister Scott Corish said his client admitted to killing the Indian student but did so in self-defence.