The Detective


Series 2, Episode 3 • What If It's Not Murder?

Season 2, Ep. 3

In this episode we hear more from the police officer who was in charge of the investigation. She describes the police investigation in detail and is challenged on some of her views and theories.

With the help of solicitor David Wells, we explore some of the key evidence that the police relied on and look to challenge some of the assumptions made.


We also explore in greater detail the injuries that Sana had to her body carefully considering each wound.   We consider the view of the pathologist Dr Lumb, who stated that he could not exclude the possibility that the injuries were inflicted by one or more assailants in an attempt to mimic self-inflicted injuries. We question what this means and how he came up with this view.


This episode also looks at what the police did in identifying and then ruling out other suspects, and Mindy’s mother gives an emotional account of the day that the police arrived at her door to arrest her daughter on suspicion of murder, and how she found out that her daughter had been charged.


Careful consideration is given to the crime scene and the forensic evidence that was deduced from it by the blood pattern experts.


TEASE – Next week 


·      We consider any significance of the calls to Sana’s mobile phone 

·      Further examine Mindy’s account, with that of the police’s case 

·      Find very similar case in Italy  

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Series 2, Episode 1 • What If It's Not Murder?

Season 2, Ep. 1
We set the scene on the horrific and brutal murder of 17-year-old, Sana Ali who was 11 weeks pregnant. The attack on Friday 10 May 2007 resulted in over 40 separate knife wounds, described as ‘sustained and ferocious’, and occurred at the home of her husband’s parents in Bury on the outskirts of Manchester, England.Sana’s husband, playboy businessman Sair Ali had been having a long-term affair withHarmohinderSanghera, also known as Mindy.On that fateful day Mindy drove from her home in Solihull, West Midlands to confront Sana about her husbands illicit affair but to tell also her it was all over.After a trial in November 2007Mindy, a dentistry student was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 14 years, for the murder of Sana Ali.Mindy has always maintained her innocence and this podcast will take you through a very careful and thorough forensic re-investigation of all the evidence from both the prosecution and the defence.We hear from Mindy as she describes her visit to Sana.You, the listener will be asked to consider if Mindy is a cold-blooded killer or if she is the result of a flawed police investigation, resulting in a tragic miscarriage of justice.In the opening episode we will explore the following:·Mindy as a person, and her family's fight for what they believe is a miscarriage of justice·Background to Mindy’s affair with Sair·The initial police investigation·Mindy’s own account of what happened when she visited SanaTEASE – Next week·We hear from the police officer that lead the police investigation·Hear the initial 999 emergency call·Mindy’s best friend describes her conversations with Mindy on the day of the murder·We begin to piece together the timeline of Mindy’s movements