Published On: Sat, Mar 21st, 2015 on 1:31 pm

Bradford mum who killed toddler had paranoid ‘torture’ delusions

A mother who suffered from paranoid delusions and killed her young daughter by leaping from a first-floor window has admitted to manslaughter.

Bradford Crown Court Law Courts

Bradford Crown Court. Image: Yorkshire Standard.

22-month-old Amrita Kaur died after falling from a window at a house in Bradford in February last year while her mother Gundeep Sangehra, 37, was critically injured.

Sanghera, of Delamere Street, Bradford, pleaded guilty on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was given an indefinite hospital order.

Bradford Crown Court heard she had been suffering with mental health issues and began suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the Amrita’s death.

She also believed that someone was coming to take her daughter and torture her, and believed that Islamic terrorists were using satellites to monitor her and were coming to her home.

A tragic matter

Judge Durham Hall QC sentenced Sanghera to a hospital order with an indefinite restriction order on her release.

He said: “This is a tragic matter Gundeep Sanghera, and you have this morning pleaded guilty, without prevarication and clearly at the earliest opportunity, to the unlawful killing of another person.

“That person is your 22-month-old daughter Amrita, who you loved deeply and you will never recover from this.”

Defending, Michelle Colbourne QC said Sanghera was “a lady of impeccable character” who had moved to Bradford seeking refuge from domestic violence.

She said: “There was nothing in her background to suggest she would ever behave in a volatile and dangerous manner.”

She also said Sanghera “nurtured and was devoted to her child.”

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