Harijinder Pal sentenced for the manslaughter of his wife Kulvir Kaur

04/12/2014

Harijinder Pal was sentenced on 4th December to a hospital order and a restriction order without limit of time, both under the Mental Health Act 1983, for the manslaughter of his wife Kulvir Kaur on 28 February 2009 in their home in Southall.

Pal was arrested following the killing but was deemed unfit to be tried and was detained under the Mental Health Act. A recent assessment of his mental health led to him being deemed fit to stand trial at the Central Criminal Court on 4th December where he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility.

Kulvir Kaur was just 21-years-old at the time of her death. She and Pal had an arranged marriage in India in 2008 and Pal moved to England to live with Kulvir in 2009. Kulvir worked for a linen cleaning company in Southall.

The married couple lived in a house in Southall with a family friend and his nephew. To those that knew them they seemed like a happily married couple and Kulvir was described as a happy person who was always smiling. However, on the morning of 28 February 2009 Pal strangled Kulvir with a ligature.

Medical experts concluded that at the time of the killing Pal was suffering schizoid affective disorder which meant he had delusional jealousy with no basis in fact at all. This was agreed in court by both the prosecution and the defence and the Judge sentenced him on this basis.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "Only 16 days after moving in together Kulvir was strangled to death in her bed by Pal. He claimed that his motivation for the killing was his belief that his wife had been having affairs with other men. These allegations were completely untrue and unfounded. The allegations caused great distress to Kulvir's family and have had a significant impact on their lives. I hope that Pal's conviction and sentence provides some comfort to them."