Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Killer dentist stabbed ex before fiery truck crash: Coroner

Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy was stabbed and bashed to death in a hotel by her former partner who then tried to conceal his "heinous" act, a coroner has found.

The body of the 32-year-old was found stuffed into a suitcase in her car hours after Tamworth dentist Harshwardhan Narde took his own life in a fiery car crash on the New England Hwy on March 4, 2019.

Harshwardhan Narde and Preethi Reddy
Harshwardhan Narde and Preethi Reddy

"Far too often, we see women who are killed by their domestic partners," NSW Coroner Carmel Forbes said on Wednesday.

The pair attended the same dental conference separately and had dinner together on March 2.

But the restaurant owner noted they didn't appear to be a couple, saying there was no "happiness or laughter" between them.

The circumstances of Dr Reddy’s death are “tragic and horrifying”, the coroner said in her ruling.
The circumstances of Dr Reddy’s death are “tragic and horrifying”, the coroner said in her ruling.

Dr Reddy was last seen alive entering Narde's room at Swissotel Sydney about 3am on March 3.

She was killed in the bathroom of the hotel room sometime after 11.06am when she called her new partner to tell him she'd been with friends the night before and that she loved him, the coroner found.

CCTV captured Narde later that day extending his hotel booking and buying a large suitcase and garbage bags. He also purchased towels and cleaning products.

"Dr Narde's actions subsequent to (11.06am) are consistent with him attempting to conceal his heinous act," Ms Forbes said.

"The circumstances of Dr Reddy's death are truly tragic and horrifying.

"There is ample evidence that supports the opinion expressed by Dr Reddy's sister Nithya that Dr Reddy was with Dr Narde that night trying to be compassionate and understanding towards him and trying to give him closure on their ended relationship."

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Originally published as Killer dentist stabbed ex before fiery truck crash: Coroner

Ms Reddy’s body was found in a suitcase inside a vehicle at Kingsford in 2019. Picture: Bill Hearne
Ms Reddy’s body was found in a suitcase inside a vehicle at Kingsford in 2019. Picture: Bill Hearne
The scene of the fatal crash on the New England Highway.
The scene of the fatal crash on the New England Highway.
One of the last known images of Preethi Reddy before her murder.
One of the last known images of Preethi Reddy before her murder.
The coroner found Narde attempted to conceal the “heinous act.”
The coroner found Narde attempted to conceal the “heinous act.”

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