A Bradford Crown Court judge sentenced paranoid mother to a hospital order after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter of her 22-month old daughter.
A judge at Bradford Crown Court gave a mother who killed her daughter due to paranoid schizophrenia a court order after she pleaded to manslaughter.
The court heard that 37-year old Gundeep Sanghera, who also suffered from memory loss, attempted to commit suicide by jumping out of a first-floor window. The sequence of the tragic events was, however, not clarified whether she threw her 22-month-old baby out first and followed after her or jumped together with her. This is because the defendant was unable to recall what exactly happened to her and her child in February last year when the incident occurred. She would not remember how she found herself outside her house in Delamere Street, in Bradford.
The defender, who appeared for trial in a wheelchair, is said to have been suffering from delusions, believing that some people were after her daughter, Amrita Kaur, to torture and kill her.
Sanghera sobbed throughout the trial where she pleaded guilty to the manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Prosecutor Sophie Drake submitted that Sanghera had also indicated that she believed she was being monitored by Islamic terrorists via satellites. She had delusions that the terrorists would be coming into her home.
“This is a tragic matter Gundeep Sanghera and you have 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,” said Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC.
He then sentenced Sanghera to a hospital order with an indefinite restriction order on her release.
“The doctors in this case unanimously come to the conclusion that you were very seriously poorly at the time. At the material time, you were in the grip of the severe symptoms typical of schizophrenia, with persistent delusions, including a belief your daughter was to be taken and tortured. A very grave delusion that must have affected you,” Judge Durham Hall said, adding, ““It is necessary for the protection of the public from serious harm to impose a restriction on your release. Everybody I know will be working to achieve your recovery and to assist you to cope with the dreadful and tragic actions that unfolded on the 18 February 2014.”
Earlier, the court had heard that Sanghera was of “impeccable” character before the tragic incident.
“This case is a tragic one and Gundeep Sanghera is a lady of impeccable character. There was nothing in her background to suggest she would ever behave in a volatile and dangerous manner,” said Michelle Colborne QC, defending.
The court also heard from Ms Colborne that Sanghera had moved to Bradford with Amrita in 2012 for refuge after suffering domestic violence.
Ms Colborne said: “She nurtured and was devoted to her child.”
She added that everyone involved with Sanghera described her as “exemplary” mother.