A man has been convicted of the murder of his 19-year-old wife who was stabbed to death in Croydon.

Sahil Sharma, of Ash Tree Way, Croydon pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife Mehak Sharma, 19, at Kingston Crown Court on Thursday (February 8).

On October 29, shortly after 4:15pm, police received a call from 24-year-old Sahil Sharma, who told the 999 operator that he had killed his wife at their home.

Mehak Sharma was found unresponsive by officers and had sustained “catastrophic” knife injuries to her neck.

She died at the scene 20 minutes after emergency services arrived.

Mehak’s family were informed.

A post-mortem examination on October 31 later revealed that the cause of Mehak’s death had been a stab wound to the neck.

Convicted Sahil Sharma is due to be sentenced at the same court on April 26.

Detective Inspector Laura Semple, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Sahil Sharma’s actions have devastated a family. In killing his wife he has robbed her family of a loving daughter for reasons known only to himself.

“While I am pleased that Mehak Sharma’s loved ones will now be spared the experience of going through a trial, nothing can bring her back to them.

“Mehak was killed in her own home, the place where she should have been safest, by the person who should have loved and protected her.

“My thoughts today are with her family and loved ones.”

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