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NRI Harmohinder Sanghera get life imprisonment for killing her lover’s pregnant wife

London, Dec. 01, 2007
Labh Singh Labana

Harmohinder Kaur Sanghera ( Mindy), a 23-year-old Sikh girl, top grades student in dentistry at Birmingham University, fell in love with playboy Muslim businessman Sair Ali, get life in imprisonment for stabbing Ali's pregnant wife.

At the Manchester crown court, Judge John Saunders told Harmohinder that the sentence reflected the degree of planning she put into the murder and the fact that her victim was pregnant. Sentencing her to life imprisonment, the judge told her she would serve at least 14 years before being considered for release.

Sair Ali kept Sanghera in the dark about his engagement when, in December 2006, he flew to Pakistan to marry his teenage bride. In January Sana arrived from Pakistan to be with her husband.

When Harmohinder found out he had secretly gone through with an arranged marriage to his teenage cousin, Sana Ali, and that she was pregnant, she became consumed with jealousy and decided to eliminate the woman standing between them.

Sair Ali told her they could never marry because his parents would never accept a Sikh daughter-in-law. His family live in a large, detached house on the outskirts of Bury, Greater Manchester. He had been betrothed to Sana, his first cousin, since she was nine.He was enjoying himself, conducting secret affairs and frequenting nightclubs.

Sair Ali's wife Sana Ali: She moved to England from Pakistan five years ago. She lived with her family at Cheadle Heath, Stockport, before marrying last December and had begun a childcare course at Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College last September. She was about to turn 17, shy and her only interests were cooking and cleaning.

Harmohinder Sanghera's family: Harmohinder is the youngest daughter of a very respected Punjabi parents living in a £400,000 house in Solihull in the West Midlands. Gurnek Singh Sanghera, her father is a manager for Royal Mail. Her mother Satinder Sanghera works at Marks & Spencer.

Harmohinder was interested for a career in medical school after achieving straight A's at King Edward the Sixth Grammar School. Later she decided to join dentistry at Birmingham University and had a posting lined up at one of the city's top practices

Sanghera had caught his eye after they were introduced by friends in 2005. She was convinced her future lay with him, and talked of converting to Islam. She was westernized and not religious. She started to abstain from alcohol, began wearing a head scarf and eating halal food.

According to local media, Sanghera would light candle after candle when he was away, never letting the flame die out, demanded that he phone her and speak to her until she fell asleep, and wrote to him saying she wanted to be his "golden girl".

At other times she would make abusive comments about Sana or demand to know whether they had sex the night before.

In one of her letters to him she wrote: "I think I am going crazy. I thought I could handle it and deal with cutting contact with you but I can't.

"Maybe I am a psycho, crazy, or just a fool, or maybe all of those things."

Rather than cut off contact altogether, Mr Ali agreed to keep seeing her until after her exams that summer, and they secretly entered a temporary Islamic marriage.

They spoke by phone on the evening of Thursday, May 10, discussing going away together that weekend.

On May 11, the following day, with Mr Ali at mosque and his teenage brother at college, Sanghera drove to Bury.

Peter Wright, QC, prosecuting said, the teenager was attacked in a bedroom and stabbed 43 times. Many of the blows were directed at her abdomen and the deepest wound she suffered had gone into her stomach.

Before fleeing, she plunged the blade into her belly. The baby, a boy who was to have been named Abdul, would have been due last week.

Sanghera then calmly spoke to Mr Ali on the phone before returning home, leaving his sister to discover the horrific scene.

Sanghera admitted visiting Sana but claimed she had left her alive and well, and at her trial the defence suggested Mr Ali had killed her.





Sair Ali, a Muslim, playboy businessman

Harmohinder Kaur Sanghera, top grade student in dentistry. She fell in love with playboy businessman Sair Ali, a Muslim, later killed Sana Ali with jealousy

Sana Ali, 11-weeks pregnant died after suffered stab wounds