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Jealous wife knifes hubby's lady love

Ranjit Kaur, 42, from Sough slashed her love rival Ruth Grace, 60, with a knife in a frenzied attack.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2004 16:45 IST

An Indian woman from Sough faces jail for having slashed a love rival with a knife during a frenzied attack. Ranjit Kaur, 42, and a mother-of-three had been married only a few months when she carried out the doorstep attack against one of her husband's women friends.

Ruth Grace, 60, had to be taken to hospital suffering from serious injuries to her left arm, hand, collarbone, body and ankles after opening the door to the jealous wife in June last year. Reading Crown Court heard how Kaur had made her husband Kam Bhardwha promise not to see his 'old friend' after arriving in the UK from India and marrying him.

She, however, spotted the two shopping in Slough on June 9 and 'seethed with rage'. On the same evening just before 9 pm she went to Grace's home and launched her attack at the doorstep. Kaur, of Broadmark Road, admitted one count of causing grievous bodily harm, but claimed it was her rival who had fetched the knife from her own kitchen as protection.

Kaur was asked by Lynn Griffin, prosecuting, whether she had gone to the house and 'done exactly what she had wanted to do'. Kaur, not fluent in English used a translator, through whom she replied: "No. I feel very upset about what happened. I feel hurt."

But Judge Zoe Smith found she had indeed gone to the house carrying the knife. Adjourning the case for sentencing on January 23, Judge Smith told her: "Having heard the evidence, I am convinced that you went to the house carrying the knife with you, in a feat intended to redeem your status as a wife. You were intent on teaching Mrs Grace a lesson for breaking her promise."

Kaur was warned only a custodial sentence was appropriate and released on conditional bail.

First Published: Jan 16, 2004 16:45 IST