Woman faces life in jail for poisoning lover's curry

A JEALOUS woman who laced her lover's curry with poison is facing life in jail after being found guilty of his murder.

Police said Lakhvir Singh was driven to murder to stop her secret lover of 16 years, Lakhvinder "Lucky" Cheema, marrying his young fiance.

The mother of three sneaked into Mr Cheema and his bride-to-be Gurjeet Choongh's home and spiked a curry in the fridge with deadly Indian aconite – known as the Queen of Poisons.

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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 27 January, Mr Cheema, 39, was dead after having second helpings and Miss Choongh, 21, was fighting for her life in hospital.

Yesterday, after an Old Bailey jury found 45-year-old Singh guilty of murder, Miss Choongh said through an interpreter: "I would like to thank the police for their help and support throughout the investigation, and the witnesses for giving evidence."

Detective Inspector Tony Bishop said: "The poison that Singh used caused appalling symptoms meaning that the last hours of Lucky's life were extremely traumatic and must have been terrifying."

Singh, of Southall, west London, showed no emotion as she was found guilty of murder and remanded in custody.

Sentencing will take place at a later date.