CONCERNS have been raised about a shop in Hounslow where a machete used as a murder weapon was bought.
Harpreet Aulakh was jailed for life last Friday after ordering the killing of his wife Geeta Aulakh, who was hacked to death using a £13.99 machete he had bought at Weststar, in Staines Road.
The chilling murder, which took place in Greenford in November last year, has raised questions about the shop, which sells a range of potentially deadly weapons alongside novelty gifts and fireworks.
Jurors at the Old Bailey were shown CCTV images of Aulakh entering the shop nine days before his wife's murder and examining various items before leaving with the weapon wrapped in a black bin liner.
They heard how he and a friend had carefully examined a double Ninja sword with two blades and a magnetic handle, a BB gun and a 'quite power
ful' catapult before plumping for the machete.
Ward councillor Ajmer Dhillon this week told the Chronicle he opposed the sale of such weapons but said the council was powerless to do anything about the shop, which was operating legally.
"I would ask shopkeepers not to sell items like that because it sets a bad example for young people," he said.
"This is a big concern but we have no power [to stop the sale of such goods]. I will raise the issue at the next Labour group meeting."
Although it is illegal to carry any offensive weapon in public without a valid reason, the sale of machetes and similar items to people aged 18 and above is not prohibited.
Rakesh Chadda, who runs the Weststar store, refused to comment when approached by the Chronicle this week.
Geeta Aulakh was murdered as she went to collect her two young sons from a childminder.
Harpreet Aulakh, 32, of Chesterton Close, Greenford, had ordered the killing after she tried to divorce him, the court heard.
Two other men were also convicted of murder and a fourth man, who denies murder, faces a retrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict.