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A man has been sentenced for the murder of his young wife in Croydon

A man has been sentenced for murdering his wife following a fatal stabbing in Croydon

Sahil Sharma, 24, of Ash Tree Way, Croydon was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 15 years’ at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, 26 April for the murder of his wife, 19-year-old Mehak Sharma.

He had pleaded guilty to the murder at a previous court hearing on Thursday, 8 February.

Detective Inspector Laura Semple, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This is a tragic case that has completely devastated a family. In killing his wife, Sharma has robbed her family of a loving daughter for reasons known only to himself.

“While I am aware that nothing can bring Mehak Sharma back to them, I hope that the sentencing will bring some closure to her loved ones.”

Shortly after 16:15hrs on 29 October 2023, Sahil Sharma dialled 999 and told the police operator that he had killed his wife at their home on Ash Tree Way.

At the address, officers found Mehak unresponsive. She had suffered catastrophic knife injuries to her neck and despite the efforts of medics at the scene, she was sadly pronounced dead around 20 minutes later.

A post-mortem examination was conducted on 31 October 2023 and found the cause of Mehak’s death was a stab wound to the neck.

DI Semple added: “Mehak was killed in her own home, a place where she should have felt the safest, and by the person that who should have loved and protected her.

“My thoughts remain with her family and loved ones.”

A victim impact statement read out to the court from Mehak’s mother said: “The one thing I want more than anything is to have my daughter back but this is not possible.

“No amount of prayers or money or support will bring her back to me. I am broken. Sahil hasn’t just murdered Mehak, I feel he has killed me as well.”

+ If you’re a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and there’s an emergency that’s ongoing or life is in danger, call 999 now.

If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use the textphone service 18000 or text the police on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

Other ways to report:

  • Online
  • By calling 101 (If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use the textphone service on 18001 101)
  • In the safety of your local police station (if you require a translator, they can be made available initially by phone and later in person)
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