Gurpreet Singh’s wife Sarbjit Kaur, aged 38, died at the family’s home, in Rookery Lane, on February 16, 2018.
Singh, now 45, is accused of killing her with the help of an unidentified accomplice who was captured on film arriving at about 8.15am and then leaving the property around 50 minutes later, just before he left for work in his car.
Giving evidence, Harbhajn Singh, a priest at the Guru Teg Bahadur Gurdwara, in Upper Villiers Street, said he saw the defendant at prayers in the morning, on the day that Mrs Kaur’s body was found.
Speaking through an interpreter the priest told the jury he saw the businessman arrive and that he knelt and was given some food.
Defending barrister Mr Orlando Pownall QC asked Mr Singh: “Did you notice anything about his hands?”
Mr Singh replied: “His hands were clean.”
Also giving evidence under re-examination by Mr Pownall, the defendant insisted that he was not responsible for Mrs Kaur’s death and denied using chilli to incapacitate his wife.
The jury had previously heard that Mrs Kaur was found with chilli powder on her face and body.
The defendant told police he found his wife dead in her sewing room and the house upturned after returning home.
Gurpreet Singh denies murder.
The trial continues at Birmingham Crown Court.