NRI Pregnant Newly-Wed Found Strangled, Hanged And Burned
Kuldeep Kaur Sidhu, 25, was discovered half naked with a rope around her neck following a fire at her home. reports the Daily Mail, London
A pregnant newly-wed was found strangled, hanged and burned alongside a fake suicide note accusing her husband of having an affair, an inquest heard yesterday.
Kuldeep Kaur Sidhu, 25, was discovered half naked with a rope around her neck following a fire at her home in Birmingham in May 2008.
The nursery nurse's killers, who are believed to have attempted to make her murder look like suicide, have never been caught.
Birmingham Coroner's Court heard that the Sikh family of Mrs Sidhu's accountant husband Baljinder were unhappy about their marriage six months earlier because his wife was from a lower caste.
But Mr Sidhu, who denied having an affair, said the couple were happy and had been trying for a baby.
He discovered his wife was six weeks pregnant from the results of her post-mortem examination, he told the inquest.
After her death, police found a handwritten note that was addressed to 'mum and dad'.
It claimed Mrs Sidhu faced 'living hell' and had been 'mentally tortured' by her husband, then 27.
It said: 'I want to forget my husband who is having an affair with a white woman. I have seen it all with my own eyes. I can't take it any more. Today I am so upset that I do not want to live any more.'
The writer of the letter has never been traced, but handwriting experts ruled out Mr and Mrs Sidhu. On May 14, 2008, Mrs Sidhu took her Samoyed dog Lassie for a walk before returning to her semidetached home in Quinton, west Birmingham. Neighbours spotted smoke coming from the house at about 3.30pm. Firefighters who broke into the house found Mrs Sidhu's body at the foot of a flight of stairs, where the fire was allegedly started
She had been strangled before a rope was tied around her neck and attached to an upstairs banister, it was claimed. When the fire burnt through it, her body fell, the court heard. Pathologist Dr William Lawler said: 'The most likely explanation... is that the deceased died from manual-strangulation.
Attempts were then made to simulate death from hanging before the fire was started.'
Bottles of whisky and rum had been placed in the house after Mr Sidhu left for work at 8am, the inquest heard.
When Mr Sidhu returned shortly before 7pm, he told police: 'I will get the b******s that have done this.' Sergeant Andrew Taylor told the inquest: 'He said his family were not happy with their marriage due to his wife being from a lower caste.' In police interviews, Mr Sidhu denied having an affair and detectives found no evidence of this. He said his wife complained she was being stalked by someone on a bus, and he believed someone had been watching their house.
However, Detective Sergeant Andrew Houston, of West Midlands Police, told the court the circumstances of her death did not suggest a murder by strangers.
He said: 'The scene was elaborately set with Bacardi and whisky that was foreign to the house. The note was foreign to the house. There is no reason why a stranger would go in and set up such an elaborate scene.'
Mr Sidhu was arrested over the murder in October 2008, the court heard. His mother was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill in November 2007. Both were released without charge.
The inquest continues.
After Mrs Sidhu's death, her father Desh Raj, 51, paid tribute to his daughter, a part-time nursery nurse who would go to her parents' home in Handsworth, Birmingham, for lunch every day. 'It's been very, very hard - we keep thinking about her every day, every minute. I don't know why anybody has done this thing to her - she was a loving girl, really kind and gentle,' he said.
Her brother Amarajit Lal, 30, added: 'She loved children and she hoped to have children herself. She was in the early stages of pregnancy. Itís not just one loss for her family - itís two losses.' Coroner Aidan Cotter said he would examine whether Mrs Sidhu had been killed by one or more people and would consider a verdict of unlawful killing if that was the case.
Re: NRI Pregnant Newly-Wed Found Strangled, Hanged And Burne
Going back to this case, treat it as homicide for now, and let the police resolve it and then label it as honor killing or something else.