A man accused of murdering his new wife called a family friend on the night she died to ask her to come round to his home as he was upset, a court heard.
Jasvir Ram Ginday had phoned Akbar Bibi, who has known his parents and family for more than 30 years, after he killed Varkha Rani at their Walsall home.
The 29-year-old gay bank worker told her he was upset and that his new wife had left him, a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
She went round to his home in Victory Lane, Reedswood, on the evening of September 12 last year. Ginday went to the police station where he went to report his 24-year-old bride missing.
Speaking with the aid of an interpreter, Mrs Bibi, said: “He said, ‘auntie can you come to my house, I have a problem I am very upset.’” She added: “He said, ‘I am upset because my Varkha has left me.’”
When asked if she was aware of him having any injuries she said no.
But when referred back to her police statement she accepted saying at the time he had scratches on his face. The prosecution alleges Ginday murdered his wife and then burned her body in a back garden incinerator.
Smoke could be seen billowing out from the rear of the address by neighbours who knocked on his door. Ginday gave assurances he was aware of what was going on and said it was rubbish burning.
Ginday and Varkha Rani married in India in March of last year.
It has been claimed by the prosecution he had married her to hide his sexuality and to appease his parents.
Ginday denies murder but admits manslaughter.
The trial continues.