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Pak-origin UK man pleads guilty to beheading wife


London: A Pakistani-born British man today pleaded guilty to beheading his wife in a gruesome attack in which he repeatedly stabbed her and broke both her arms.

Tahira Ahmed, a 38-year-old mother of two, was found by police in May, 2014 after neighbours rang to report a violent row at her home in Northolt in west London.

Her husband Naveed Ahmed, 41, born in Pakistan but now a British citizen, had initially denied the killing when he appeared at the Old Bailey court via video link from prison last October.

But at a brief hearing today before Judge Christopher Moss, he changed his plea to guilty to murder. The judge warned him that he would face a life sentence, but adjourned sentencing until January 28.

Mark Kelly, Ahmed’s lawyer, told the court that the issue at the previous hearing had been determining his client’s state of mind at the time of the killing.

Watched by members of his wife’s family in the public gallery of the court, Ahmed, dressed in a dark blue suit and black tie, spoke only to confirm his name and enter the guilty plea. He was remanded in custody.

The court has previously heard that the couple had been together for 14 years, and have two children under the age of 13. The children were not at home during the attack.