Case: Strangled by her son: Onees Khatoon
Onees Khatoon
Majid Butt
Status: Solved
Categories: Domestic
Case synopsis:

Onees Khatoon, 71, was strangled by her son at her home on 13 May 2018.

Police went to the address in Gade Close, Hayes, at 1.06pm after her son walked to the local police station to confess to the killing.

Ms Khatoon was found lying on the living room floor with two pillows covering her head. An electrical cord used to charge her mobility scooter was wrapped several times around her neck.

She was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.21pm.

The post-mortem was inconclusive as to cause of death but evidence of asphyxia and trauma was identified, consistent with strangulation. She had been suffering from heart problems and diabetes.

On 14 May 2018 her eldest son Majid Butt, 51 (21.02.67), of Gade Close, Hayes, was charged with murder.

Butt (pictured right) pleaded guilty to murder at the Old Bailey on 4 September 2018. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 15 years and ten months before parole on 12 September 2018.

The court heard Butt told officers at Hayes police station that he had an argument with his mother and she threatened to throw him out of the house.

He said: "I came here to confess that I have strangled my mother.”

Butt later described her as a "horrible woman" and added: "We had an argument this morning, she told me she was going to sell the house and make me homeless." He said he had lost his temper and added: "I just had red mist. I remember seeing an extension lead. I just wanted to strangle her."

Mrs Khatoon had phoned her other son on the morning she died to say she did not want Majid Butt living with her any more.

"It must have been relatively shortly after this telephone call that the defendant killed his mother," prosecutor Tom Little QC said.

"He did so by strangling her with an electrical cord. That electrical cord was one which was used to charge her mobility scooter."

Police had been called out to the house several times because of arguments between Butt and Mrs Khatoon, dating back to 2008. In February 2018 Mrs Khatoon dialled 999 to report that her son was refusing to leave the house and she was scared of him. No further action was taken after she chose not to make a statement.

Judge Nicholas Cooke QC said: "What you did do, killing your own mother, the person who brought you into this life, was an act of unusual wickedness.

"Everyone owes a duty to care for and to protect their mother. You breached that duty in the most emphatic way. She was vulnerable in her own home; not only because of her age, but also because of her medical condition."

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