A bank worker appeared in court today charged with murdering his new bride just one month after they married.
Jasvir Ram Ginday, 32, stood accused of killing wife Varkha Rami, 28, after the pair tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in India.
Neighbours said Varkha had only been in the UK a matter of weeks since she married her new husband.
The victim’s body was found at a house in Victory Road, Walsall, West Mids., after a missing person’s report was filed on Friday.
Nine other suspects were arrested after the grim discovery but only Ginday was formally charged on Sunday evening.
Yesterday Ginday, wearing a light grey suit, white shirt and glasses, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during the five-minute hearing at Walsall Magistrates Court.
Members of Varkha’s family crowded into the court’s public gallery to hear the charges against him read out.
He was remanded into custody until Wednesday when he will appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Roger Bleazard, prosecuting, told the court that no bail hearing could take place until Ginday appeared at the crown court.
Committing him to the crown court head of the bench Simon Hallam, said: “The offence of murder cannot be dealt with at magistrates court.
“We are sending this to the crown court at 10am on Wednesday September 18.
“Any bail applications will be heard then, until then you are being remanded in custody.”
Police were yesterday continuing forensic searches of the detached property in Victory Road.
Four men and five women – all believed to be members of the same family – were released on police bail on Sunday pending further inquiries.
West Midlands Police said further forensic tests will take place on Tuesday, when formal identification of the victim is expected to take place.
Lead investigator DCI Sarbit Johal appealed for any witnesses to come forward.
He said: “We are undertaking numerous enquiries and are still really keen to speak to anyone who may have information that could help this investigation.”