The Detective


Series 4, Episode 1 • The Murder of Lee Boxell

Season 4, Ep. 1

In this first of four episodes, Mark Williams-Thomas describes the circumstances around Lee's disappearance and looks at the initial police investigation. He speaks with Lee's parents about the events that took place in 1988 and finds out key information and dates from Mike Platt, an investigator with the Missing People charity.

Lee Boxell was 15 when he disappeared. On the morning of Saturday 10 September 1988, Lee left his home in Cheam, to meet with a friend at 11am in nearby Sutton. Despite extensive appeals on television and in the press, no one has come forward with any confirmed sightings of Lee.

Following extensive inquires the police found out that several paedophiles were operating in the area at the time Lee disappeared, one of whom ran the unofficial youth club and was jailed for eleven years in 2011, aged 75, after sexually abusing several girls who attended the club.

Our investigation in to Lee's disappearance has taken almost three years and our findings are revealed in this podcast. We uncover new witnesses, new evidence and, for the first time, interview two of the suspects, who have never spoken publicly before.

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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 with Harmohinder Sanghera, 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 2007 Mindy, 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 Sana TEASE – 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