"obviously, they were very well off"
Police have launched an investigation after a wealthy couple were found dead at their £1.5 million mansion on Coventry’s most exclusive street.
It is believed that the case is a murder-suicide.
On the afternoon of June 29, 2021, emergency services were called to a property in Kenilworth Road, where many of Coventry’s wealthy live.
Inside the house, paramedics discovered the two bodies.
The deceased’s are said to be Sewa Badial, aged 87, and his wife Sukhjit, aged 73, however, formal identification has not taken place.
A spokesperson 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.
“Officers were directed by ambulance colleagues to a property in Kenilworth Road just before 3 pm yesterday afternoon (June 29) 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.
“Detectives are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.”
Detectives and forensic teams have been searching for clues at the mansion, which has five bedrooms four reception rooms and an indoor swimming pool.
Neighbours said the family were wealthy and had made their fortune through the textiles industry.
One person 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.”
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.”
A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said:
“We were called at 2:46 pm 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 spokesperson 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.”