Shopping List for Perfect Murder; Beast Bought Cleaver, Holdall and Hoodie Top

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Shopping List for Perfect Murder; Beast Bought Cleaver, Holdall and Hoodie Top


Byline: Paul O'Hare

ROSHAN Dantis compiled a chilling shopping list as he planned what he thought was the perfect murder.

Recovered later from the killer's laptop, the list included a meat cleaver, a knife, two mobile phone SIM cards, a balaclava, gloves, a hooded top and a trolley bag on wheels.

The list included prices for each item and was followed by the words: "Total pounds 175."

The computer document also included a planned "chain of events" including "change to other clothes", "wait in room" and "finish the job".

Dantis deleted the file after he murdered 23-year-old Khusbu Shah - but a computer crime expert recovered it from the computer's hard drive.

It proved to be a pillar of the prosecution case.

The second part of Dantis's plan was to make it appear that Khusbu had been kidnapped for ransom. He began sending text messages to her husband Nagendra, who he studied with at Strathclyde University.

One, sent using Khusbu's own mobile on the day of her death, read: "We have ur wife.

"Don't call police we are watchin u. If anyone is told we will kill her and u."

But Dantis wasn't as smart as he thought - a second text sent a short time later put him firmly on the police radar.

It said: "Call ur fat indian classmate home and sell ur tv to him 300 pounds.

"Take money later drop him home with tv in ur car. Don't tell him or we harm ur wife.

"Do this to show u understand and will work with us.

"Arrange for 120000 pounds and go immediately first train to London.

"No compromise or u all die." That night , distraught Nagendra arranged to meet Dantis near the killer's flat at Garthland Drive in Dennistoun, Glasgow.

He told the High Court that his "friend" urged him not to call the police "15 or 20 times".

And he said that when he did dial 999, Dantis's face "went dark".

Breaking down in tears, Nagendra said: "There was nothing to do except call 999. "He (Dantis) was my friend and he was supporting me."

Nagendra called the police, who moved him and his son to a hotel and placed their flat in Dennistoun's Coventry Drive under surveillance.

A few days later, Nagendra was staying at secure accommodation arranged by the police.

His phone was monitored and Dantis had been placed under surveillance.

Detectives believed Khusbu was still alive.

But then police watched Dantis going into a shop and buying a SIM card - and within hours came a final text from the killer.

This time, Dantis made an even more blatant bid to cover his tracks - and explain away the treasure trove of DNA evidence he knew he had left behind.

The text said: "This is our final message to u.

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