"Mrs Goyal was found with multiple stab wounds"
Kashish Aggarwal, aged 28, of Leicester, has pleaded guilty to stabbing his wife to death in the street.
Twenty-nine-year-old Geetika Goyal was found dead in the street with stab wounds to her neck, chest and arm in March 2021.
Her body was found in Uppingham Close, Leicester, in the early hours of March 4.
Aggarwal was arrested shortly after the stabbing. Leicestershire Police revealed that the killer and the victim were husband and wife. The couple lived in nearby Wintersdale Road.
Aggarwal initially pleaded not guilty to the fatal stabbing but on October 8, 2021, he changed his plea to guilty at Leicester Crown Court.
It was heard that Mrs Goyal’s brother had reported her missing less than six hours before a member of the public discovered her body lying on the pavement.
A police statement said: “Following concern raised by Aggarwal, Mrs Goyal’s brother had reported his sister missing to police just before 9 pm on March 3.
“Police attended the home and enquiries were carried out.
“At 2:25 am the following morning, police received a call from a member of the public reporting that a woman was lying on the pavement in Uppingham Close.
“Police attended where Mrs Goyal was found with multiple stab wounds to her neck, shoulder, chest and arm.
“East Midlands Ambulance Service were also in attendance and Mrs Goyal was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.”
In court, the murder weapon, a large knife, was shown.
William Harbage QC, prosecuting, said:
“This was the weapon that was used. It has a plastic safety cap on the tip that appears to have been replaced afterwards [after the fatal attack].
“It comes from a brand new box set.”
Aggarwal was remanded in custody and is set to be sentenced on October 18, 2021.
Judge Timothy Spencer QC told Aggarwal:
“You’ve pleaded guilty to the most serious criminal offence known to our law.”
“You will receive some credit for your plea. The sentence, in any event, is dictated by law.
“It will be a sentence of life imprisonment but what I have to determine is the minimum term you will serve before you can be considered for release.”
Detective Inspector Jenni Heggs, of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said:
“My thoughts are with Geetika Goyal and her family. Today’s plea will sadly not bring Geetika back but I do hope it helps Geetika’s family in some small way to see that justice is being done.
“We now continue to support the family as we prepare for the sentence hearing.”