Indian woman kills mother-in-law in Britain, jailed

July 19th, 2012 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 19 (IANS) An Indian-origin woman in Britain has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after she bludgeoned her mother-in-law to death with a rolling pin.

Rajvinder Kaur, 37, received a life sentence after she was found guilty of murdering Baljit Kaur Buttar, 56, a grandmother, in the brutal attack after six months of tension between the pair, The Independent reported Thursday.

Having initially denied murder, Kaur claimed she had been provoked as Buttar, who had come over from India on holiday for six months, had been unkind and constantly called her names.

A paramedic, John Pike, was called to Kaur’s home after receiving a call that a woman had suffered a heart attack. He found Buttar, known as BB, naked and dead in the bath having suffered serious head injuries.

Buttar had been staying with the family in the Broadlands Road flat since August 2010.

She was due to return to India Feb 27 but she died two days ahead.

At the Winchester Crown Court, Justice Burnett told Kaur that 11 years would be the minimum she would serve until becoming eligible for parole.

“You completely lost your self-control and the attack that followed was a frenzied one,” he said.

The judge also said that Kaur’s attempt to cover up the crime at home in Southampton was “cruel and calculated and defies understanding”.

Justice Burnett, however, accepted Kaur had been provoked up to a point by her relative’s insults and that the attack, which included 20 blows, was “quite out of character”.

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