“Anil Gill brutally murdered his wife"
Anil Gill, aged 47, of Milton Keynes, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife, 43-year-old Ranjit Gill.
Luton Crown Court heard he stabbed her 18 times after a night of drinking and taking cocaine.
Thames Valley police officers were called to a property on Beresford Close in the Emmerson Valley area of the town at around 10:10 am on January 31, 2021, after Gill reported that he had killed his wife.
Officers found the victim’s body lying wrapped in a duvet and bin liners in the garage of their home.
It was confirmed that she had been lying dead at the scene for some time and a post-mortem examination determined that Ranjit had died as a result of multiple stab wounds.
Anil Gill was arrested immediately and charged with one count of murder on Monday, February 1, 2021.
Charles Ward-Jackson, prosecuting, explained that throughout their marriage, Gill had been violent towards his wife, hitting her and threatening her with a sword.
The court heard that Ranjit’s sister advised her to leave her husband but she said she feared “he would hunt her down and kill her”.
On the night of the killing, Gill had been drinking and taking cocaine.
During his trial, Gill accepted the lesser charge of manslaughter, claiming it was a loss of self-control and that he acted in a frenzy after his wife made comments about an affair she had.
However, his claims were rejected by the jury and he was convicted of murder.
Senior investigation officer, Detective Inspector Nicola Douglas, previously said:
“Anil Gill brutally murdered his wife in their family home, stabbing her at least 18 times.
“He then spent several hours cleaning up the scene, wrapping Ranjit’s body in bin bags and moving her to the garage, before showering and going to bed.
“He called the police later that morning to say what he had done, immediately making excuses and blaming Ranjit for his appalling actions.”
Gill was jailed for life. He must serve a minimum of 22 years before he is eligible for parole.
The Detective Inspector continued:
“It is clear that Anil Gill knew exactly what he was doing when he repeatedly stabbed Ranjit to death.
“He was a controlling husband who had physically and mentally abused Ranjit during their marriage.”
After sentencing, Ranjit Gill’s family paid tribute to her.
Her brother Raj Sagoo said: “I will always hold Ranjit in my heart and I hope that she is at peace, resting easy with the knowledge that she is safe and that real justice is served.”
Sister Kamel Aujla added: “If you are in an abusive relationship, please leave, please get help. Don’t become a statistic like my sister.
“She was special, she was worthwhile and she wasn’t alone. She was enough, more than enough.”
Another sister, Tejinder McCann, said: “Ranjit you loved us so much, and you were truly an angel.
“May you shine down on us with your ray of light that will never be extinguished.
“We love you Ranjit always and forever.”
DI Douglas added: “The only sentence for murder is life imprisonment.
“HHJ Bishop described this murder as ruthless and cold-blooded with a significant number of aggravating factors.
“I am satisfied the minimum term to be served of 22 years reflects the severity of this awful crime.”
Following Ranjit Gill’s murder, police have advised anyone who is being abused by a partner or family member to report it by calling 999 in an emergency or otherwise calling 101 or using the online domestic abuse reporting page.