Spurned lover gets life term for poisoned curry murder
A SPURNED woman who laced her former lover's curry with poison was given a life sentence yesterday for his murder.
Lakhvir Singh (45) was told she would serve a minimum of 23 years after she was convicted of poisoning Lakhvinder "Lucky" Cheema and fiancee Gurjeet Choongh.
Singh was driven to murder in order to stop her secret lover of 16 years, marrying his young fiancee. The jealous mother of three sneaked into their home and spiked a curry in the fridge with deadly Indian aconite -- known as the Queen of Poisons.
The couple ate the meal as they discussed their wedding -- which was due to take place just weeks later on Valentine's Day last year. Within hours of eating the curry on January 27, Mr Cheema (39) was dead and Miss Choongh (21) was fighting for her life in hospital.
Singh, of Southall, west London, showed no emotion as she was found guilty of murder.
She was also found guilty of causing Miss Choongh grievous bodily harm with intent but was cleared of attempting to murder her and of administering poison to Mr Cheema in December 2008 at his home in Feltham, London.
Sentencing her at the Old Bailey, the judge told her: "You were not just a spurned lover, you did not simply explode in anger at your rejection. You set about a cold and calculating revenge."
Miss Choongh said she could never forgive Singh for taking away the man she was about to marry.
She told the court, in a victim impact statement, that she still suffered the stress of having been close to death.