Man guilty of girlfriend's murder - Luton

31/01/2013

A jury at St Albans Crown Court has today, Thursday, 31 January 2013, found the man accused of stabbing Shobhna Jethwa to death in her Luton home last September, guilty of her murder.

During the trial the court heard how Sultan Khan, 51, from Durbar Road, Luton, stabbed the 46-year-old mother of three 20 times, in what was described as a frenzied attack, following an argument in her Butely Road house on 09 September 2011. She was found by two of her children when they came home from school.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern CPS, said: "We have worked closely with Bedfordshire Police since this investigation was launched. This case involved the untimely death of 46-year-old Shobhna Jethwa, who was stabbed to death in her own home. Her life was brought to a premature end in the most brutal of ways.

"The jury at St Albans Crown Court found Sultan Khan guilty of murder despite his denials.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for Shobhna's family and friends.

"Shobhna's husband has been left without ahiswife and her children have been left without their mother. We hope that today's conviction will in some way help them come to terms with this tragic event and move forward with their lives.

"We acknowledge however, that nothing can make up for the loss felt by the family and friends and our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Speaking after the conclusion of the trial, Detective Sergeant Sam Khanna, from the Beds, Cambs, and Herts Major Crime Unit said: "Shobhna Jethwa was a much loved mother of three children who died in appalling circumstances. Her family will never forget the distress they felt on that day when they found her body in their own home. Her death has left a huge gap in their young lives, which will never be filled. Our sympathy goes out to them. Today's result is the first step in their attempt to move forward and we hope from this point on they can begin the process of starting to rebuild their lives."

Khan will be sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, 05 February 2013.