A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard evidence from Gul Nawaz, who stands accused with his former wife Zatoon Bibi for the murder of shop owner Tanveer Iqbal, whose body was found in the boot of his car in February.
Nawaz claimed that on the day in question he woke up on the sofa at 6.45pm to answer a call on his phone.
Nawaz said he then went looking for his Bibi and headed towards the kitchen.
He said: “There was a box there, a TV box, and there was a dead body there in the box.
“She [Bibi] was pulling the box.”
Asked if there was any words spoken between them when he saw the TV box with a dead body inside of it, he said: “She said he has made my life hell. He’s got dirty pictures on the phone. He’s blackmailing me.”
Nawaz said he did not know who was in the box and refused to get involved until his ex-wife told him: “I’m going to blame you if you don’t help.”
He then said eventually he, his wife and a teenager who was present at the property had to lift the box together and put it inside the boot of a Renault Clio which belonged to Mr Iqbal.
He then claims she drove off with the body in the boot.
When questioned on why he purchased items including heavy-duty rope, reinforced tape and work gloves from Poundland earlier in the day, he said that his wife asked him to buy these items.
The court heard how Mr Iqbal, and his mistress, Zatoon Bibi, 37, had a ‘unconventional and complicated domestic relationship’ which went on for several years.
Both of their spouses were ‘fully aware’ of their relationship and had even met each other as ‘sisters’.
The court heard the trouble started when Mr Iqbal had banned the spouses from contacting each other because he believed Zatoon Bibi was trying to cause trouble between him and his wife.
At this point Mr Iqbal told Zatoon Bibi that their relationship was over and he would not be seeing her again and would instead continue his life with his wife.
Zatoon Bibi then tried to get back with Mr Iqbal by sending him a series of text messages begging him not to leave her.
In one message she allegedly told her lover: ‘I didn’t mean to hurt you and your family at all, and I hope all your family can forgive me for the stress I caused. I’m sorry for everything.’
Zatoon Bibi then hatched a plan to lure Mr Iqbal to her house by telling him that she had made him a cake for his birthday, which he had celebrated the previous day.
Gul Nawaz, stands accused of Mr Iqbal’s murder alongside his former wife Zatoon Bibi and a teenager who cannot be named for legal reasons. All three deny the charge.
The trial continues..