Majid Butt convicted of murdering mother, to be sentenced on Sept 12

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A man has been convicted of murdering his mother in Hayes. Majid Butt, 51 of Gade Close, Hayes, pleaded guilty to murder at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 4 September. He will be sentenced on 12 September at the same court.

Butt had walked from home to Hayes police station at around 1300hrs on Sunday, 13 May, where he stated that he had killed his mother. Officers attended the house in Gade Close, Hayes where both Butt and his mother lived. They found the body of Mrs Khatoon. She was pronounced dead at 1321hrs. Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command investigated.

A post-mortem examination commenced at Fulham Mortuary on 14 May. While cause of death has yet to be confirmed, evidence of asphyxia and trauma was identified.

Butt had told officers at the police station that he had an argument with his mother and she threatened to throw him out of the house. He had said: “I came here to confess that I have strangled my mother.”

Evidence was found that Butt had strangled Mrs Khatoon with an electrical cable. Butt was charged the following day with murder, and convicted as above. Majid Butt was accused of murdering Onees Khatoon at the home they shared on May 13. The jobless 51-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge during a hearing at the Old Bailey.

The defendant entered his plea via video-link from Belmarsh Prison before Judge Nicholas Cooke QC. Grey-bearded Butt wore a prison-issue grey tracksuit for the brief court appearance. A large number of family members sat in the public gallery to hear the plea.

Joe Stone QC, defending, said: “It is a plea made freely on his behalf on consideration of all the facts.” Prosecutor Tom Little QC said Butt had admitted the killing “very early on” following his mother’s death.

At around 1pm on the day of the murder, Butt had walked from his home to Hayes police station, where he confessed that he had killed his mother. Officers then found the body of Mrs Khatoon, who had been strangled with electrical cable, Scotland Yard said.

Butt went on to explain to police that he had had an argument with his mother and she had threatened to throw him out of the house. He told officers: “I came here to confess that I have strangled my mother.” Judge Cooke adjourned sentencing until September 12. The facts of the case were not opened in court.