News & ToursNovember 30, 2013

This week in weird golf news: Was a golf club used to commit a double murder?

By Alex Myers

Nearly five and a half years after a highly-publicized double murder was committed in India, a verdict has been reached. Of all things, it was golf that had a major part in the final outcome.

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The Times of India reports that dentist Rajesh Talwar and wife Nupar were found guilty of killing their 14-year-old daughter, Aarushi, and servant Hemraj Banjade at their Jalvayu Vihar home in 2008. The decision upheld a theory by India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that Mr. Talwar's golf clubs were used to commit the crime.

With the case seeming to have stalled, the CBI introduced the idea, which medical examiners concluded was a possibility based on the injuries of the deceased. Mr. Talwar, a member of the Noida Golf Club, was asked to turn over his clubs.

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Although forensics weren't able to find blood or DNA from the victims on any of the clubs, they discovered two of the clubs were much cleaner than the others. The CBI was also suspicious of Mr. Talwar hiding a club in his loft after the crime occured. That was enough for a judge to uphold the theory and add an obstruction of justice charge. Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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