GLASGOW COURTS AGENCY
Asghar Buksh admitted to culpable homicide after claiming he had no memory of killing his wife
Asghar Buksh smashed mother-of-six Nasreen, 43, at least five times while she slept, using a heavy blunt object that has never been found.
He was charged with murder but the Crown accepted his plea of guilty to the reduced charge on the basis of diminished responsibility.
The killing took place in the family home in Glasgow last September.
Buksh told the High Court in Glasgow he had no memory of the attack, claiming the last thing he recalled was sitting down to a family meal before waking in a police cell.
After the killing, the 55-year-old – who has a shop in Paisley – made his way to a police station, where he told an officer: “I’ve come to hand myself in. I think my wife’s dead. I hit her on the head. I did it.” Officers attended the flat on Dixon Drive in Govanhill and found Mrs Buksh’s body.
Asghar Buksh feared his wife would take their 10-year-old son to Pakistan without telling him
Pathologists found she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
His amnesia is absolutely genuine
Defence counsel Sarah Livingstone
The court heard that three psychiatrists all diagnosed first offender Buksh as suffering from acute stress disorder at the time.
Prosecutor Gordon Lamont said: “The accused and his wife had been married for 25 years but, over the last 10 or 11 years, their relationship appears to have broken down and they became increasingly estranged, albeit still residing under the one roof. Recently, Mrs Buksh routinely slept on the sofa in the living room. Their children report that they barely spoke to each other.”
The court heard police had been called to the home on a number of instances, and Mrs Buksh had been charged with breach of the peace.
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The problems in the marriage intensified after Mrs Buksh went to Pakistan for a holiday last May.
Mr Lamont said: “It appears she entered a relationship with another man, named as Rana.
The shopkeeper drove himself to the police station and ended himself after Nasreen Buksh’s death
“She returned from Pakistan and began making plans to move there to set up home with this other male.”
Buksh was unaware of her plans until a week before he killed her.
When he found out, he called a family meeting and Mrs Buksh agreed to try to work things out. However, the animosity between them continued.
Two days before the fatal attack, Buksh spoke to police fearing his wife would take their youngest child, aged 10, to Pakistan and not return.
The next day, his oldest son, aged 20, told his father he had seen his mother make a video call to a man he recognised as Rana Shaukat Hayat.
Defence counsel Sarah Livingstone said: “My client has no memory of this incident. His amnesia is absolutely genuine.
“This is not a case where this man was a bad husband. There was no domestic abuse. This was an unhappy marriage, but, however unhappy it was, it didn’t justify killing his wife.”
Judge Lord Burns deferred sentence until next month at the High Court in Edinburgh for reports.