Brit mum on death row for poisoning husband’s biryani reveals her ‘living hell’

'It's horrendous, it's like being in hell - both this prison and the bigger situation that I find myself in.'

Brit mum on death row for poisoning husband’s biryani reveals her ‘living hell’
Ramandeep Kaur Mann and Sukhjit Singh
Ramandeep Kaur Mann, 38, is now in jail for the brutal murder of her husband Sukhjit Singh, 34

A woman jailed for poisoning her husband with a biryani and slitting his throat has spoken from prison for the first time.

Ramandeep Kaur Mann, 38, from Derby, was found guilty last week of murdering her husband Sukhjit Singh, 34, so she could benefit from a £2 million life insurance and inherit his property.

She now faces the noose and is now jailed at Shahjahanpur District Jail, India, and shares a cell with 55 other female inmates and sleeps on the floor.

Speaking to MailOnline, she said: ‘It’s horrendous, it’s like being in hell – both this prison and the bigger situation that I find myself in. 

‘It’s the worst thing that has happened to me. I feel so alone, I haven’t made any friends in here and I just keep myself to myself.

‘The food and the conditions are really awful. I don’t speak to anyone, and I don’t want to do anything. I just spend the whole day sitting around crying.’

The prisoner claimed she was hard done by and feels like she hasn’t been listened to.

‘I have suffered a miscarriage of justice. I haven’t done anything wrong. I was framed and now I’m rotting in this jail,’ she said.

A woman who embarked upon an affair with her husband's best friend is accused along with her lover of murdering him while he slept, it has been reported. Devout Sikh Sukhjit Singh, 34, a father-of-two from Derby, Derbyshire, was found in bed with his throat slit last Thursday while he was on holiday at his mother's house in India. Now, his wife Ramandeep Kaur Mann is accused of plotting the lorry driver's murder, along with Mr Singh's childhood friend Gurpreet Singh.
Ramandeep is set to be executed (Picture: Facebook)

‘There’s nobody helping me, I’m all alone here. I can’t begin to tell you how horrendous this whole thing is. I’m not good at all. Please, somebody help me.

‘Nobody from the British High Commission has come to visit me since I’ve been convicted. My parents were here but they’ve now gone back to the UK.

‘When I heard that I had been sentenced to death I was in such shock that I didn’t know what to say. I still can’t believe what’s happening to me. But I want people to know my story. There are no words to describe what a bad situation this is for me.’

Her usual meal is dhal, chapatis, and rice, she’s allowed to have four visits a month but is not allowed to make phone calls back to the UK.

She gets up at 6am to queue for a soiled toilet with other inmates and bathes in cold water with a tap and bucket.

Ramandeep Kaur Mann and Gurpreet Singh
Ramandeep Kaur Mann and Gurpreet Singh pictured together

The jail also houses 1,300 male inmates in a separate section.

It is one of India’s most over-crowded prisons because it only has capacity for 511 inmates.

Mann is the only foreign prisoner in the jail and the only one who is set to be executed.

Jail Superintendent Mijaji Lal said: ‘We are doing our best to look after her because we understand that things must be very difficult for Mann.

‘We’re encouraging her to take up a sport like badminton or run English classes for the other inmates.’

But Mann said: ‘I can’t bring myself to do anything because everything is so horrible and horrendous, I don’t know what the future holds for me.’

Sukhjit Singh and Ramandeep Kaur Mann
Sukhjit Singh and Ramandeep Kaur Mann together before his murder (Picture: Unknown)

Mann’s grisly crime in September 2016 was witnessed by her elderly son and during the trial the court heard how she colluded with Gurpreet Singh, an old childhood friend of her husband’s and her lover to kill him.

She mixed sleeping pills into a biryani she made for Mr Singh, who was known as Sonu and their two children.

But it was only eaten by Mr Singh and their then six-year-old son, Aryan. Their older son Arjun, then aged nine, said he was not hungry and ate instant noodles instead.

The sound of his dad struggling to breathe as Mann smothered him with a pillow led Arjun to wake up and witness the horrific events. 

He gave evidence against his mum during the trial, and revealed how he first saw Gurpreet hit him twice over the head with a hammer followed by her slitting his throat.

She was arrested shortly after while Gurpreet was detained while attempting to board a flight to Dubai.

Recalling the events, Mann said: ‘I’ve been saying it since the start, I’m innocent. I’ve been framed. This is a miscarriage of justice.’

She revealed she has not spoken to either of her two children since her arrest and that they have not written to her.

She said: ‘I haven’t heard from my two kids for many years. They don’t want to know me. It’s hard to describe my pain, it’s unbearable.’

Mann maintained the killing was carried out by Mr Singh’s family because she claimed they wanted to prevent him from selling 21 acres of land he owned in India.

She said: ‘His family framed me.’

She refused to go into any details about her marriage or the affair she had with Gurpreet, which started during a family holiday to Dubai in 2015, where he spent time with them.

This continued when she returned to the UK, leading the two to plot Mr Singh’s death. She suggested they should all go to India to visit his mum and Gurpreet should accompany them.

Gurpreet confessed to the crime and insisted that he was asked by Mann to buy a knife and a hammer after she told him: ‘I want to kill him. You have to help me.’

He was spared the death penalty after being found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a fine of 300,000 Rupees (approximately £3,000). He is being held in the men’s section of Shahjahan District Jail.

Lawyers for Mann have appealed the death sentence, but it could take several years before it is heard.

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