Husband and wife who died at £1.5m mansion made money in textiles

Revealed: Millionaire husband, 87, and wife, 73, who died in ‘murder suicide’ at their £1.5m mansion made fortune in textile industry and owned Asian clothes store in Birmingham

  • Sewa Badial, 87, and his wife Sukhjit, 73, were found by paramedics at their home
  • They lived in a five-bedroom mansion with an indoor swimming pool in Coventry
  • Detectives said they are not looking for anyone else after they found their bodies
  • Mr Badial was the director of the popular Badial department store in Handsworth

A millionaire husband and wife who died in a suspected murder suicide at their £1.5million mansion made their fortune in the textile industry, it has emerged.

Sewa Badial, 87, and his wife Sukhjit, 73, were found by paramedics at their home on Coventry’s most exclusive street on Tuesday.

Detectives said they are not looking for anyone else after their bodies were found at around 3pm.

Mr Badial was the director of the popular Badial department store in Handsworth, Birmingham.

Its Facebook page says it is an Asian fashion house with ‘high quality fashion and bridal garments for ladies, gentlemen and children’.

Mr Badial was the director of the popular Badial department store in Handsworth, Birmingham

Detectives said they are not looking for anyone else after their bodies were found at their house (pictured) at around 3pm

Locals flocked to social media over the last two days to pay tribute to the popular couple.

Facebook group Soho Road said ‘We’ve been informed that the founding husband and wife of Badials Store have sadly died due to unverified reasons.

‘We remember them from back in the 80s and 90s – wonderful couple and family. Our prayers are with their family and friends.’

Vivian Kumar said: ‘Both were nice people RIP.’ Mo Gill posted: ‘It’s just heartbreaking news, may you both RIP.’

Pam Kumar put: ‘So sad RIP. It was a mini department store for us all back in the day, if you went to Soho Road you had to visit Badial.’

Pardip Gogna said: ‘I can’t believe it. Such a nice couple. I always looked up to them. So polite and friendly. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have known them. May their souls rest in peace.’

And Pri Yaa added: ‘Lovely people they both were. I am shocked and saddened by the news. RIP.’

Sewa Badial, 87, and his wife Sukhjit, 73, were found by paramedics at their home on Coventry’s most exclusive street on Tuesday

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: ‘An investigation has been launched after the bodies of a man and woman were discovered at an address in Coventry.

‘Officers were directed by ambulance colleagues to a property in Kenilworth Road just before 3pm yesterday afternoon (29 June) following the discovery of the body of a man in his 80s in the back garden.

‘The body of a 73-year-old woman was subsequently found inside the address.

‘The couple have not yet been formally identified but are believed to be husband and wife.’

Detectives and forensics teams could be seen combing for clues at the gated mock Tudor house, which has five beds, four reception rooms and a swimming pool.

Neighbours said the family who live at the address were ‘very well off’ and had made their fortune through the textiles industry.

One said: ‘They are lovely people and I often chat with the lady of the house. They are very nice, very pleasant. They asked me to look after their puppy when it ran through.

Paramedics discovered the bodies after 999 crews were called to tree-lined Kenilworth Road – one of the West Midlands most sought after streets

One neighbour said: ‘They are lovely people and I often chat with the lady of the house. They are very nice, very pleasant’

‘They are a lovely family. They have grown up children and I think there’s a grandparent that lives there at all.

‘I don’t know what they did for a living but obviously they were very well off, they had a very, very nice house with an indoor swimming pool.

‘It’s so terrible. It’s not something you would ever expect here. I find it extremely surprising.’

Another local said: ‘All the police would say was there was a serious incident. There wasn’t a fire engine, just a van.

‘I presumed it was to force the hydraulic gates open so the emergency services could get in.

‘I’m not sure what they did for a living but there was always stuff coming and going. I didn’t know them that well but I’ve seen them when they walked through.

‘They’ve always been really nice, friendly people. When they’ve wanted to trim the bushes or do work, they’ve always been really nice.’

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 2.46pm on Tuesday to an address in Kenilworth Road. One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

‘Crews arrived to find two patients, a man and woman. Sadly, nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased on scene.’

The police spokesman added: ‘Detectives are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

‘Forensic post-mortems will take place in due course. The house has been cordoned off while enquiries continue to establish the circumstances that led to their deaths.’

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