Woman guilty of murdering mother-in-law

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A woman who bludgeoned her mother-in-law to death in Southampton using a rolling pin after she had been staying with the family on holiday has been found guilty of murder.

Rajvinder Kaur, 37, caused multiple injuries to the head and neck of 56-year-old grandmother Baljit Kaur Buttar in the brutal attack after six months of tension between the pair.

She had denied murder but admitted manslaughter claiming she had been provoked because Ms Buttar had been unkind and called her names and lashed out with a broom handle. But a jury disagreed and found her guilty of the more serious charge, a court official said.

Bill Mousley QC, prosecuting, told Winchester Crown Court during the nine-day trial that a paramedic, John Pike, was called to Kaur's home in Southampton after receiving a report that a woman had suffered a heart attack.

But when Mr Pike arrived, he found Ms Buttar, known as BB, naked and dead in the bath having suffered serious head injuries.

The jury was shown a video taken of the scene which showed the bathroom floor covered in blood with further blood found in the kitchen where the rolling pin was discovered.

Mr Mousley said that when Mr Pike arrived on February 25 last year, there was shouting between Kaur and her husband, Iqbal Singh. He then found Kaur washing her mother-in-law's body with a handheld shower in the bath.

Kaur had initially claimed Ms Buttar had a bath and was putting some oil on, and she had heard a bang and gone into the bathroom.

Ms Buttar had been staying with the family in the Broadlands Road flat since August 2010. She had been due to return to India on February 27 - two days after she died.

Kaur will be sentenced by Mr Justice Burnett at Winchester on Thursday, the official added.

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