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Jailed: Husband admits trying to arrange mother-in-law's murder

Bhupinder Desi wanted his mother-in-law killed Photo: Meridian Tonight

Gravesend man Bhupinder Desi has been sentenced for more than five years after admitting to trying to arrange to have his wife’s mother killed. The 36 year old believed his mother-in-law was behind his wife’s decision to leave him with their two children.

Maidstone Crown Court heard how Dhesi, of Lennox Road, hired a private investigator in September 2011. At first he asked the investigator to make enquiries to locate

his family. However, soon after he asked if he could locate two witnesses who would attend court and give false evidence in his forthcoming mortgage fraud trial to help support his innocence claim.

The private investigator, who was uneasy with the request, asked Dhesi to email his requirements.

A month after first contacting the investigator, Dhesi asked him to help him get his children back and suggested his wife have some form of accident. Less than a week later, he re-contacted the investigator to say he did not want to harm his wife but his mother-in-law instead who he wanted killed.

As part of an investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, Dhesi was arrested at his home address by police on 13 October 201. His arrest came just four days before he was due to stand trial at Maidstone Crown Court on two fraud matters.

Today, Judge Carey sentenced him to five years and three months for soliciting to commit murder and eight months concurrent for perverting the course of justice.

In addition he was sentenced to three years and six months in relation to the fraud and two years and three months for a separate London-based mortgage fraud, totalling 11 years.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Bishop from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘Dhesi was cold and calculating and prepared to go to any length to get his wife and children back. It didn’t matter to him if that cost money or meant getting people to lie on his behalf. He is now behind bars for a long time where he will have time to reflect upon his actions.’