LONDON: A 46-year-old Indian former banker on trial in the UK over allegations that he lethally stabbed his wife with 124 blows with a Axe has been found guilty of her murder.
Sonita Nijhawan was found in a pool of blood in her family home in Surrey, south England, in May this year. Her husband Sanjay Nijhawan, was yesterday found guilty of murder yet indicted at Guildford crown court of a lesser charge of manslaughter on the ground of diminished responsibility.
The jury had heard that he accepted that he killed his wife , however claimed that he did so after his depression spiralled out of control and he felt he had “no option” but to kill her, according to Reports .He will be sentenced on Monday.
Sonita Nijhawan’s mother, Nirmala Parkash, said in a victim impact statement to the court: “I keep thinking of it in my head, it is like a film. How afraid she must have felt. I feel it like a deep open wound, like an abyss.
“I can’t even look at pictures of her, I had to take photos down around the house because it is unbearable.” Mrs Nijhawan had wanted a divorce shortly after her husband left his job having suffered from depression and stress.
An after death examination uncovered that the 38-year-old passed on of wounds to her head and neck, having endured 124 injuries including 25 cut injuries to the side of her neck.Wounds to her hands demonstrated that she had attempted to save herself.
“The number and nature of her cuts make it clear that she was the victim of a fatal and sustained attack. She had a very large number of cut and stab injuries to her neck and head.” The court was told that after he was arrested, Sanjay Nijhawan told officers that he had become “deranged” and had suffered a nervous breakdown.
He had purportedly left his job with Barclays Capital Wealth after suffering from Depression and tension and got further agitated when his wife demanded for a separation. Sanjay Nijhawan had likewise become progressively restless about his 670,000 pound contract on the couple’s 2.6-million pound home in Surrey. The former banker denied killing wife and and the defence case was that he had an abnormality of mental function.