Wealthy husband in his 80s and wife, 73, die in 'murder suicide'

Wealthy husband in his 80s and wife, 73, die in ‘murder suicide’ at their £1.5m mansion on Coventry’s ‘millionaires’ row’

  • West Midlands Police were called to £1.5m home on exclusive Coventry street
  • Sewa Badial, 87, and his wife Sukhjit, 73, were found dead at the property
  • Detectives investigating the deaths said they are not looking for anyone else
  • Neighbours said news was ‘terrible’ describing the couple as a ‘lovely family’

A husband and wife have died in a suspected murder-suicide at a millionaires’ mile mansion.

Emergency services found the body of a Sewa Badial, 87, and his wife Sukhjit, 73, inside the £1.5m house on Coventry’s most exclusive street.

Paramedics discovered the bodies after 999 crews were called to tree-lined Kenilworth Road – one of the West Midlands most sought after spots – yesterday afternoon.

Detectives are not looking for anyone else over the deaths.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: ‘An investigation has been launched after the bodies of a man and woman were discovered at an address in Coventry.

Sewa Badial, 87, and his wife Sukhjit, 73, were found dead at their £1.5m home on an exclusive Coventry street by West Midlands Police detectives

Officers were directed by ambulance colleagues to a property in Kenilworth Road just before 3pm yesterday afternoon following the discovery of the body of a man in his 80s in the back garden.

‘The body of a 73-year-old woman was subsequently found inside the address.

‘The couple have not yet been formally identified but are believed to be husband and wife.’

Today detectives and forensics teams could be seen combing for clues at the gated mock Tudor house, which has five beds, four reception rooms and an indoor swimming pool.

Neighbours said the family who live at the address were ‘very well off’ and had made their fortune through the textiles industry.

Paramedics discovered the bodies after 999 crews were called to tree-lined Kenilworth Road – one of the West Midlands most sought after spots – yesterday afternoon

Neighbours said the family who live at the address were ‘very well off’ and had made their fortune through the textiles industry

One said: ‘They are lovely people and I often chat with the lady of the house. They are very nice, very pleasant.

‘They are a lovely family. They have grown up children and I think there’s a grandparent that lives there as well.

‘I don’t know what they did for a living but obviously they were very well off, they had a very, very nice house with an indoor swimming pool.

‘It’s so terrible. It’s not something you would ever expect here. I find it extremely surprising.’

One neighbour said: ‘They are lovely people and I often chat with the lady of the house. They are very nice, very pleasant’

Today detectives and forensics teams could be seen combing for clues at the gated mock Tudor house, which has five beds, four reception rooms and an indoor swimming pool

Another local said: ‘All the police would say was there was a serious incident.

‘There wasn’t a fire engine, just a van. I presumed it was to force the hydraulic gates open so the emergency services could get in.

‘I’m not sure what they did for a living but there was always stuff coming and going. I didn’t know them that well but I’ve seen them when they walked through. They’ve always been really nice, friendly people.

‘When they’ve wanted to trim the bushes or do work, they’ve always been really nice.’

The police spokesman added: ‘Detectives are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths’

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 2.46pm on Tuesday to an address in Kenilworth Road. One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

‘Crews arrived to find two patients, a man and woman.

‘Sadly, nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased on scene.’

The police spokesman added: ‘Detectives are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

‘Forensic post-mortems will take place in due course.

‘The house has been cordoned off while enquiries continue to establish the circumstances that led to their deaths.’ 

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