Indian man in UK pleads guilty to stabbing his 19-year-old wife to death

An Indian man named Sahil Sharma, 24, charged with the murder of his wife Mehak Sharma, 19, at their home in south London last year, has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Murder victim Mehak Sharma
UK Indian murder victim Mehak Sharma. Photo released by Met Police UK

According to the details available from court records, Sahil Sharma stabbed Mehak Sharma in the neck and then called the emergency helpline to inform the police that he had killed his wife.

Sahil was arrested at the crime scene at Ash Tree Way in Croydon, the couple’s residential address, on suspicion of the murder of Mehak on October 29, 2023, evening.

When Sahil appeared in custody at Kingston Crown Court last Thursday, he pleaded guilty to the murder of Mehak. Both are Indian nationals. He is due to be sentenced at the same court on April 26, 2024.

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.

Detective Inspector Laura Semple, of the Met Police’s Specialist Crime Command

“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,” said Detective Inspector Semple during the hearing last week.

“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,” she added.

UK Indian killer Sahil Sharma
UK Indian wife killer Sahil Sharma. Photo released by Met Police UK

The court heard that shortly after 16:15 hours on October 29, 2023, Sahil Sharma dialled 999 and told the police operator that he had killed his wife at their home on Ash Tree Way. At the address, officers found Mehak Sharma unresponsive.

“She had suffered catastrophic knife injuries to her neck, and despite the efforts of medics at the scene, she was sadly pronounced dead around 20 minutes later,” the Met Police said.

Mehak’s family members were informed and they continue to be supported by specialist officers.

A special post-mortem examination conducted on October 31, 2023, found the cause of Mehak’s death to have been a stab wound to the neck. Sahil Sharma was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital as he had a “minor head injury”.

The Met Police said at the time of the murder that the victim was an Indian national who was thought to have arrived in the United Kingdom “relatively recently”.