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Amandeep Garcha killed himself after stabbing his wife in row

By Nicola Jordan

A father-of-two brutally stabbed his wife at their Rochester home after she found a message on his phone saying he hated her and wanted a divorce, an inquest has heard.

Harinder Garcha, who had just given birth to their second child, suffered serious injuries at the hands of Amandeep Garcha who fled the scene and killed himself.

The 34-year-old accountant’s body was found 10 days later after he jumped from the M2 bridge into the river near Medway Valley Park.

Emergency services at Medway Valley Park. Pic: Steve Crispe
Emergency services at Medway Valley Park. Pic: Steve Crispe

Moments before horrified motorists dialled 999 after seeing him clinging to the bridge railings on his mobile phone telling his father he was going to “end it all”.

The night before the attack at their home in Grafton Avenue, neighbours told police they had heard them arguing, but said that was not unusual.

The following morning, Sunday, January 22, another row broke out about Amandeep’s family.

Things got out of control and he got a large kitchen knife and stabbed her numerous times.

He called his parents, who live nearby, and an ambulance and his mother tended to her daughter-in law and his father called a second ambulance.

Amandeep then got in his silver Ford Fiesta wearing his pyjama bottoms and drove to the motorway bridge just minutes away.

Emergency services in Grafton Avenue after the attack
Emergency services in Grafton Avenue after the attack

His distraught dad called him six times before he finally picked up and said he was going to kill himself.

The hearing heard Amandeep, who was on paternity leave from his job as a finance manager with Pizza Express, had a history of anxiety and depression. His body was found on February 1.

Pathologist Dr David Rouse said the cause of death was immersion.

Addressing his parents and other relatives who attended the inquest, Coroner Scott Matthewson said: “This is an unusual and tragic case.

“It must have been a horrific scene. My heart goes out to you.”

Mr Matthewson recorded a verdict of suicide.

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