A man has been jailed for life after he brutally stabbed his fiancée to death because she wanted to call off their marriage – all in front of her mother.
Jigukumar Sorthi stabbed 21-year-old Bhavini Pravin because she refused to take part in their arranged marriage.
The 23-year-old thug visited her home in Leicester and armed himself with a kitchen knife the day after she called off the ceremony on March 2.
A court heard Bhavini had been concerned by her partners drinking and the type of people he had been mixing with when she got cold feet about the wedding.
Bhavini was stabbed once in the chest and once in the knee as she curled up into a ball to protect herself before being knifed twice in the back, reports the Mirror.
She was pronounced dead on her living room floor despite desperate attempts by paramedics to save her.
Sorthi was then caught on CCTV running away from the scene on foot following the murder after dropping the knife on the street outside.
The factory worker later turned up at a police station where he confessed to the attack and admitted his “life had been ruined.”
Sorthi, who lived in Leicester after moving from India, denied murder and claimed diminished responsibility as a result of loss of control.
A jury of seven women and five men found him guilty of murder following a two week trial at Leicester Crown Court.
Sorthi was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 28 years at the same court on Wednesday.
Detective Inspector Kenny Henry, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “Bhavini was a young woman who had the rest of her life to look forward to. She was a gentle caring soul and came from a close and very private family.
“It is fair to say she was the apple of her parents’ eyes.
“Losing Bhavini so early in life and in such tragic circumstances continues to take its toll on her parents and brothers – their lives have been changed forever.
“To have lost their beloved daughter to someone who they trusted to take care of her is something they will never recover from.
“Being present during the trial was understandably difficult for the family and I must commend their bravery, courage and dignity throughout.
“Nothing will bring Bhavini back but I can only hope that today’s outcome will, in due course, be of some comfort knowing that the man who ended their daughter’s life has been brought to justice.”
Following the case, Bhavini’s dad Pravin Babu released a statement on behalf of their devastated family and told how their lives had been “shattered beyond repair”.
He said: “Our daughter was only 21 years old when she was murdered.
“She was a good daughter. She attended college and later worked alongside me supporting the family – keeping a roof over our heads and food on our table.
“When our Bhavini was born, we felt that all of our prayers had been answered. She was the ‘Laxmi’ (Goddess) of our family.
“Growing up she gave us so much joy and purpose. She was our inspiration to better ourselves and to build a future.
“Soon after, our two sons, Krutesh and Yagnesh, were born. Even from a young age, Bhavini doted on her little brothers.
“Yagnesh looked up to his older sister and lovingly called her ‘Tahndi’ (calm).
“We decided to move to England so that we could give our children a better future.
“Bhavini and I worked on the same production line for four years. We would come and go from work together. We would laugh and joke as she jogged along and I rode my bicycle.
“She would accompany my wife everywhere. People often commented that they looked like sisters.
“They would get ready together, share clothes and were each other’s best friend. Her first word was ‘Mummy’.
“Bhavini was a devout Hindu who took her faith very seriously. She led a peaceful, selfless life. She had a naturally loving, gentle and caring nature.
“She loved the many colourful Hindu festivals – she was always the life and soul of the party.
“As parents our aspirations were that our daughter would get a good education, pursue her childhood career choice of nursing, marry the man of her dreams, have a family and live happily ever after.
“When Jigu became engaged to our daughter, we trusted him to cherish, love and look after her forever. She was so precious to us.
“We showed Jigu nothing but love and acceptance. We brought him to England to give him a better life. We supported him, housed him.
“And how did Jigu return our kindness – he repaid us by killing our beloved Bhavini.
“Our faith tells us that it is God’s wish that we are only put on earth to serve a purpose.
“Bhavini must have served her purpose. She brought us so much joy for the short time that we were blessed with having her in our lives but at 21 she was still finding her feet and making her way in life.
“Our lives have been shattered beyond repair. Only our faith and belief is keeping us going.
“My sons will never forget the horror they faced that day. I will always regret not being there to prevent what happened and my wife will never forget our daughter’s final word to her as she took her last breath, ‘Mummy’.