THE HUSBAND of Geeta Aulakh who ordered her murder after she started divorce proceedings grinned as he was jailed for 28 years today.
Harpreet Aulakh, 32, of Chesterton Close, Greenford, was convicted yesterday for arranging his estranged wife to be hacked to death on November 16 last year.
Aulakh, known as Sunny, tried to give himself an alibi by going to a pub as his wife was murdered and ensuring he was captured on CCTV.
He claimed to be shocked at news of Geeta's death, but a police investigation revealed him to be jealous, controlling and obsessed that she was having an affair.
Aulakh had threatened her work colleagues at Sunrise Radio in Southall, hacked into her Facebook and e-mail accounts and had her followed.
Geeta, described as an “utterly innocent, hard-working woman and mother” had suffered years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her husband.
Aulakh glanced up to the public gallery and smiled as he was sentenced.
Sher Singh, 19, of Wren Avenue, Southall, who wielded the 14-inch machete in Braund Avenue, Greenford was given 22 years.
And Jaswant Singh Dhillon, also known as Taljit Singh, of Seven Kings East London, who, acted as look-out during the ambush, was also jailed for 22 years.
All three had been unanimously found guilty by the jury after a six-week trial.
A fourth man, Harpreet Singh, of Slough, claims he was unwittingly used as a getaway driver after agreeing to do a favour for Aulakh.
The jury could not decide his fate and he faces a retrial in the near future.
Geeta's grieving mother paid tribute to her “beautiful angel” and said it broke her heart to know her grandchildren would never feel their mother's love again.
In a emotional statement read to court, Nardesh Shinh said: “Geeta was a beautiful, vibrant, kind-hearted daughter, who left a lasting impression on all those who met her.
“At 28 she had everything to live for and was a perfect role model for every young mother.
“Not a day goes by when we don't cry for Geeta and we cannot imagine what the children are going through since Geeta's death.”
Her daughter, was set upon as she was went to pick up her two young sons from a childminder nearby.
The attack was so ferocious that her right hand was severed as she desperately tried to protect herself.
She died of terrible head wounds from four blows of the machete just a few hours later in Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith.
During which time Sher Singh was rushed from the scene and dumped his bloodied clothing and murder weapon in the Grand Union Canal in Slough.
Police divers recovered them after Dhillon went to detectives claiming to an unwitting participant the following day.
He became a suspect in August this year after officers linked him to Aulakh through mobile phone contacts.
The judge, Mr Justice Saunders said: “It was a pointless, cold-blooded killing of a woman no one apart from Sunny Aulakh had a bad word to say about.”
About 40 mourners gathered at the scene of the attack to pay tribute to the much-loved woman on November 16, a year after she died.
Candles were lit, flowers were laid and prayers were said while others stood in silence remembering her life in the hour-long vigil.