Man pleads guilty to wife's murder - Slough

18/03/2015

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Wednesday, 18 March 2015, and pleaded guilty to murdering his wife.

Imran Sharif, aged 44, of Hillersdon in Slough, admitted to killing his wife, Raheela Imran, aged 45, at their home in Hillersdon on 20 October last year (2014).

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the tragic murder of 45-year-old Raheela Imran at her home in Hillersdon, Slough last October. Her life was brought to a premature end by her husband, Imran Sharif.

"On 20 October 2014, Imran Sharif dropped his four children off at their respective schools as normal and returned home afterwards where he brutally murdered his wife of 17 years in the kitchen of their family home. Leaving her dead on the kitchen floor he changed his clothes, concealed his blood stained clothes under the driver's seat in his car, concealed the murder weapon, which has never been found, and went to work. Following concerns raised by family members, Raheela's brother went to her house where he found the front door ajar and then made the gruesome discovery of his sister's body.

"Having been charged with his wife's murder and while on remand at Bullingdon Prison, Sharif confided in another prisoner, who he had known for about 12 years, and admitted killing his wife. He is clearly an extremely violent and dangerous man.

"Sharif had previously pleaded not guilty to his wife's murder and was due to stand trial, but today, Wednesday, 18 March 2015, he changed his plea to guilty.

"This case represents a tragedy for the family of Raheela. Her children, family and friends have been devastated by her untimely death.

"We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved.

"We know that nothing will bring Raheela back to her children, family and friends, but we hope that today's conviction brings them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mike Lynch said: "I am glad that Sharif has accepted responsibility for what he did and admitted today that he took his wife's life.

"This has been an incredibly difficult time for Raheela's family and friends as they try to come to terms with their loss and although it may offer them little comfort, I hope that Sharif's guilty plea will be of some help as they begin to rebuild their family's lives."

Sharif has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday, 05 May 2015.