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Cambridge man who smothered his wife has been sectioned indefinitely

By Ben Comber

Muhammad Malik pleaded guilty to manslaughter on 7 April 2017
Muhammad Malik pleaded guilty to manslaughter on 7 April 2017

The attack on a mother of two happened two years ago.

Muhammad Malik, 38, contacted police on November 22 2016, saying he had attacked his wife.

Police and paramedics attended the property in Perne Road.

The victim, Asia Tufail, 32, was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, but sadly died of her injuries. She was the mother of two young children.

A post mortem examination concluded that she had died of asphyxia at the hands of a third party.

On April 7, 2017, Malik pleaded guilty to manslaughter, on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Sentencing was postponed until psychological assessments were completed.

Today (May 22) at Cambridge Crown Court Malik was sectioned indefinitely under the Mental Health Act and will only be released if he can satisfy the mental health tribunal that he is well enough to be released into the community.

He will only be released with a comprehensive care package and under the supervision of the community mental health team.

Detective Inspector Lucy Thomson said: “This was a tragic case where two young children lost their mother and our thoughts go out to all of Asia’s family. We wish them well as they rebuild their lives.”


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