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A mother's grief - 'it was his plan all along'

Speaking at Varkha’s family home in Nawanshahr in India’s Punjab region, her mother Kashmir Kaur said she believed murder was Ginday’s plan all along.

“He didn’t like girls he liked boys,” she said. “He’d already made plans, how he’d get married to a girl from India and kill her.”

“He’d already made the plan and my innocent daughter has been killed for no reason. She had no idea what she was getting in to”.

She said Varkha - who was her youngest daughter - was a well educated girl, with four degrees. “She had a good life here. She was a very dutiful daughter," she said.

Adding that she hoped Ginday would be given a long prison sentence, she said her family had “suffered a lot” since the killing last September.

“He took my daughter and killed her, in such a heartless way,” she said.

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Man accused of hiring hitman to kill ex-wife back in court

A Walsall man is due to appear before an American court today charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife.

William Wallace, aged 33, was caught up in a child support and custody battle with his former partner while living in Santa Ana, California. He is accused of telling a private investigator he wanted her dead, and asking whether he knew anyone would murder he and dispose of the body.

William Wallace
William Wallace Credit: District Attorney's Office, Orange County

The investigator was the one who turned him in to police.

Bail has been set for Wallace, formerly of the Yew Tree Estate, at $2 million (£1.2m). If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to 26 years to life in a state prison.

Wallace denies the charges.

Young boy, 12, dies after being hit by lorry

A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a lorry in Walsall this afternoon.

The youngster was in Chester Road, Brownhills, near the Anchor Pub, when the crash happened just before 3.30pm.

Paramedics tried to save him but he had suffered a cardiac arrest in the accident and he died at the scene. The road is still closed.

The crash happened in Brownhills, Walsall, this afternoon
The crash happened in Brownhills, Walsall, this afternoon Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Sgt Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police's Collision Investigation Unit, appealed for any witnesses to come forward with any information which might help the investigation.

This happened at a busy time of day on a busy road and we need anyone who witnessed this tragic incident to call me or one of my team.

The family of the boy are currently being assisted by specialist officers at this sad time.

The 61-year-old lorry driver has spoken to officers and is helping with enquiries.

Carpentry, joinery and fashion among careers on show

Careers in carpentry, joinery, fashion and sports will all be on show today as hundreds of students in the Black Country will get the chance to try their hand at potential jobs for the future.

Sandwell College and Walsall College have teamed up to hold the Sandwell & Walsall Skills Show Experience, which will be staged at Bank's Stadium in Walsall from 10am until 7pm.

Carpentry is one of the careers on show today
Carpentry is one of the careers on show today Credit: NEIL MUNNS/PA

Food demonstrations, dog grooming, nail art, business quizzes, computer games design, a virtual catwalk and an automotive challenge will all be taking place, while employers including the NHS, Bandals and the AA will be offering advice to job hunters.

Scott Upton, vice principal at Sandwell College, welcomed the launch of the event.

Skills are the key to people building rewarding careers as the economy recovers.

At this event, a wide range of skills will be on show, as well as opportunities for young people and young adults who are the future of our region.

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