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NRI husband feeds wife steroids to keep her home

world Updated: Nov 03, 2011 00:36 IST

An Indian-origin man has been given a suspended jail term in Britain for secretly feeding his wife steroids so that she becomes overweight and stays at home to cook and look after their children.

In the bizarre case, Leicester-based Dalwara Singh, secretly laced his wife's food and drink with the drug between November last year and January, which caused her to sprout hair on her face and back and made her skin itchy and spotty.

At the Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday, Singh admitted administering a poison or noxious substance with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy.

Singh was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to attend a domestic abuse programme.

After several weeks of secretly feeding the steroid to his wife, he was eventually caught when their teenage daughter heard him grinding a pestle and mortar in the bedroom.

The wife then found the steroids in a locked cupboard and called the police, the reports said.