"Tasneem should have been safe in her own home"
Naseer Khan, aged 67, of Lavenham Road, Wandsworth, admitted killing his wife on Monday, April 29, 2019.
He appeared in custody at Croydon Crown Court and pleaded guilty to manslaughter by means of diminished responsibility. Khan killed his wife in November 2018.
In light of the opinions of mental health professionals, the Crown accepted his plea.
Khan was made the subject of a hospital order under the Mental Health Act on the same date.
The body of his 62-year-old wife Tasneem Sheikh was found at her home address on Balham Park Road, South-West London. Khan was subsequently arrested on November 12, 2018.
A post-mortem gave the cause of death as a head injury with underlying coronary heart disease.
Detective Sergeant Brian Jones, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:
“The tragic death of Tasneem Sheikh has left her whole family devastated and shaken the community in which she lived and played an active part.
“Tasneem should have been safe in her own home but was subject to a brutal attack which she could not survive.
“We would like to pay tribute to Tasneem’s family for their support and dignity during such a difficult time in their lives.”
Tasneem’s sister Amtul Mateen Barbouche described the death as a “horrible nightmare”, she said:
“My sister was like a mother to me, a loving auntie to my children and we had never thought of a family without her. She was kind and caring for everyone. She was very kind to her neighbours as well.
“She had no children of her own so she loved my children like her own children.
“The barbaric murder is like a horrible nightmare for me, my children and for the whole family.”
“I cannot get rid of the thoughts about her murder. I have flashbacks and nightmares. I cannot sleep at night.”
Her brother-in-law Abada Barbouche stated:
“We will never be able to come to terms with what happened to Tasneem. The shock still reverberates throughout our family.
“She put her love and trust into someone, someone who would come to devastate the lives of multiple people, family members and friends alike, who remain ridden with grief.
“She was known throughout her neighbourhood and community as a kind-hearted woman who strived to help everyone around her.
“She had so much to give, a woman with a compassionate soul who sought to help those around her. She was truly the most noblest of character. She deserves justice and will forever be in our hearts.
“Naseer Khan has left nothing but traumatisation, sorrow and pain in his wake.”