The jury in the trial of a building company boss accused of murdering his wife at their family home has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.
Gurpreet Singh, 44, had denied strangling his wife, 38-year-old seamstress Sarbjit Kaur, at the detached house in Rookery Lane,
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court had been deliberating for 10 days but, asked on Friday (14 June) by the judge if there was a reasonable prospect of a majority agreeing a verdict, the jury's forewoman replied: "No."
The seven women and three men of the jury had already unanimously acquitted Singh on Wednesday (12 June) of offering to pay £20,000 to a would-be hit-man to kill his previous spouse.
David Mason QC, prosecuting, told the court the Crown Prosecution Service would be seeking a retrial.