Brit mum sentenced to hang in India after being found guilty of husband’s murder
Her nine-year-old son testified against his mother in court.
A British mum has been sentenced to death by hanging in India after she was found guilty of murdering her husband while her son watched on in horror.
Sukhjeet Singh, 34, was found with his throat slit following a vicious attack from wife Ramandeep Kaur Mann and her lover Gurpreet Singh while the couple were holidaying in India with their two children in 2016.
The sole eye-witness to the horrific crime was the couple’s nine-year-old son, who later testified against his mother in court, the Times of India reports.
‘Arjun told the court how his mother and Gurpreet killed his father in his sleep in their house,’ said Shahjahanpur government counsel Shree Pal Verma.
‘During the investigation, it came to light that the woman was in a relationship with Gurpreet and they had planned to murder Sukhjit.’
She explained how on the night of September 1, 2016, Ramandeep mixed sedatives into food, putting all family members into a deep sleep.
She then discreetly opened the gates to allow her lover and family friend Gurpreet into the property, where the two of them hit Sukhjit in the head with a hammer before slitting his throat.
The couple’s young son, who had not eaten the sedative-laced food, woke up to the chaos later in the night and witnessed the horrific crime.
Verma said: ‘He woke up to noise in the room and saw his mother sitting on his father’s body and smothering him with a pillow.
‘Gurpreet hit his (the child’s) father twice with a hammer on his head. As his father was still alive, Gurpreet took out a knife from his pocket. His mother took the knife from Gurpreet and slit his father’s throat.’
When she was asked why she committed the murder, she alleged that her husband wanted to sell his entire property and move to England, so his family members killed him and wrongly framed her.
‘She said that she is innocent, and she will appeal against the capital punishment,’ Superintendent of Shahjahanpur district jail Mijaji Lal told the court.
Ramandeep’s family have consistently maintained that she and her husband had a ‘very loving marriage’ and were ‘deeply in love’, reiterating that she had been framed for Sukhjit’s murder.
A family source said: ‘The family are utterly heartbroken and shattered by this. But their fight for justice continues. They will not give up.’
Ramandeep formerly worked as shop manager at Argos in Derby, and met Sukhjit when he was working as a driver in England.
Her accomplice Gurpreet was a Punjab native and a childhood friend of Sukhjit who often visited them at their home, where he reportedly struck up a romance with Ramandeep.
As he sentenced Gurpreet to life imprisonment and Ramandeep to death by hanging, the judge said of the murder: ‘It wasn’t just one man who died that day. The remaining years of an elderly widow were killed, the childhood as well as the youth of two minor children was exterminated.
‘The children have lost the happiness which they had when their father was alive.’
In 2016, the Derby Telegraph reported a family friend saying that ‘They all loved living in Derby’, adding that they were very valued members of the community and that Sukhjeet Singh was involved with the Gurdwara in Princes Street and also the National Sikh Museum.
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