Series 2, Episode 2 • What If It's Not Murder?
In this episode we start to break down the police and prosecution case against Mindy and what it was that lead to her being convicted of the furious and brutal murder of 17-year-old Sana Ali, the wife of her lover.
On the day of the attack Mindy speaks to her best friend Sheetal, both on her way to confront Sana and also immediately after she leaves the house. In Sheetal’s own words, we hear details of the exact conversations she had with Mindy.
We hear more from Mindy as she describes what happened and who she spoke with after visiting Sana.
Sana was found by her two sisters in law’s who were so concerned for her safety, that they went around to the house to check on her only to find her on the floor, covered in blood with a knife alongside her. Their initial reaction and observations are that Sana had killed herself. We hear the details of the initial 999 emergency call and start to understand more as to why Sana’s family were concerned about her welfare.
We hear from the police officer who was in charge of the investigation, retired Detective Chief Superintendent Jane Antrobus. DCS Antrobus gives an insight into her investigation, why the case was initially treated as a suicide, and how after medical evidence from Dr Lumb, a Home Officer forensic pathologist, Sana’s death was instead considered as a homicide.
DCS Antrobus gives us an understanding of the dynamics of this three-way love triangle and how Mindy entered into a Mut'ah with Sair, a temporary marriage which under the eyes of Allah allowed him to conduct his relationship with Mindy.
The crime scene is described by the attending paramedics which feeds in to forensic expert Dr Woods evidence around blood pattern analysis and specifically where he believed Sana was during the furious attack.
We hear why the paramedics considered that Sana was alive and took her to hospital in an attempt to save her life.
In this episode we introduce David Wells, as he presents evidence from the police and prosecution, a role which he will adopt for future episodes.
We also consider how Sana would have been capable of moving around the bedroom after she had received her wounds.
TEASE – Next week
· We hear more from Mindy’s family about what they knew about Mindy’s affair and the initial police investigation.
· The police officer leading the murder investigation explains how they never established ownership of the knife.
· The officer also explains how she believes Mindy was able to carry out this brutal attack without getting a drop of blood on her clothes or body.