Vastavam Web: A 23-year-old Indian-origin man who stopped a police officer in the street and made comments implicating himself in an attack on his estranged partner has been sentenced to life imprisonment for her brutal murder by a UK court.
Jigukumar Sorthi was sentenced to serve a minimum of 28 years behind bars before being considered for parole after he was found guilty of the murder of 21-year-old Bhavini Pravin, who was found stabbed at her home in the city of Leicester in March.
During a murder trial earlier this month, the jury heard how he had felt jilted by Pravin after she broke off plans for their wedding ceremony.
At around 12.30 pm on March 2, Sorthi went to her home and once inside they talked for a few minutes before Sorthi stabbed her multiple times and left the property.
Leicestershire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service personnel were called to the address where the victim was pronounced dead.Less than two hours after the incident, Sorthi approached an officer outside Spinney Hill Police Station in Leicester and made admissions implicating himself in the stabbing of Pravin.A post-mortem examination was carried out and concluded Pravin died as a result of multiple stab wounds.
Bhavini was a young woman who had the rest of her life to look forward to. She was a gentle caring soul and came from a close and very private family. It is fair to say she was the apple of her parents’ eyes, said Detective Inspector Kenny Henry, the senior investigating officer from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime team.
According to local Leicester Mercury’ reports, Sorthi had a civil ceremony with Pravin in India in 2017 and followed her to England on a spousal visa in August 2018. However, the couple lived at separate addresses and the match did not seem to work out. Pravin was to marry Sorthi in a religious Hindu wedding ceremony, but her family called it off a day before the murder.
Bhavini Pravin’s life was cut short in a brutal, callous attack in her own home. The defendant took a knife to her house and yet tried to claim he was not in control of his actions, said Lucie Boulter from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). We prepared compelling evidence that showed the court that this was clearly planned and premeditated, she said.
When he gave himself up to the police, Sorthi alleged that Pravin had ruined his life. His lawyer told the court that his client had struggled to cope with life in the UK during the court proceedings which were translated into Gujarati for his benefit
source : PTI