NRI woman convicted of killing daughters in UK
An Indian-origin woman who stabbed her daughters to death at her home in Cambridgeshire has been found guilty of their murder, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday.india Updated: Sep 22, 2009 07:15 IST
An Indian-origin woman who stabbed her daughters to death at her home in Cambridgeshire has been found guilty of their murder, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday.
Rekha Kumari-Baker, 41, admitted the killings but had denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Davina Baker, 16, and Jasmine Baker, 13, were killed with a kitchen knife in a frenzied attack in 2007.
A jury at the Cambridge Crown Court took about 30 minutes to reach a verdict of guilty on both counts of murder. The court was told that Davina was stabbed 39 times at the house in Stretham, on 13 June 2007.
There were wounds on the girl's body, which showed she had tried to defend herself. Kumari-Baker, a hotel worker, then attacked her younger daughter in similar fashion.
The jury was told that after killing the children she rang a friend to say: "I have done something terrible."
In a hand-written note, which she left at the murder scene, she wrote: "I don't want them to get hurt as I did." She concluded the note by writing: "My kids will not be a burden to anyone anymore."
The court heard there was "much contention" between her and her ex-husband over the care and custody of their children.