Son jailed for life for strangling mother to death when she asked him to leave the family home

Majid Butt has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his mother (PA Images)

A son who strangled his mother to death after she asked him to move out of her home has been sentenced to life in prison.

Jobless Majid Butt, 51, pleaded guilty to murdering 71-year-old Onees Khatoon who suffered from diabetes and heart problems in ‘an act of unusual wickedness’ at their home on 13 May.

After killing his mother using a length of electrical cable, he then walked to his local police station and confessed to the killing.

He claimed he acted in ‘a moment of madness’ after being asked to leave the family home in in Hayes, west London.

Butt will serve a minimum of 15 years and 10 months in jail.

Majid Butt was handed a life sentence at the Old Bailey, London (Getty Images)

Judge Nicholas Cooke QC said: “No sentence I can pass can undo what you did. What you did do in killing your own mother, the person who brought you into this life, was an act of unusual wickedness.

“Everyone has a duty to care for and protect their mother. You breached that duty in the most emphatic way.

“She was vulnerable in her own home, not only by age, but also because of her medical condition.”

Butt lived with his mother for a total of 41 years, moving back there after a few years away in October of last year.

The defence barrister told the court that he was caring son, who had made her breakfast and massaged her legs when they were swollen.

“This is a tragic, spontaneous act that has been triggered in highly-charged, extreme circumstances when the background is he loved and cared for his mother over a substantial period of time,” he said in mitigation.


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Butt wrote a letter from his cell in Belmarsh prison last month, saying he wanted to express his “deep” remorse for his crime and the loss felt by his three siblings and Ms Khatoon’s grandchildren.

“None of my family should have to go through such trauma caused by my moment of madness,” he said in the note read out in court.

“I accept for my crime I deserve to be punished. It is my family who are now being punished and suffering for my shameful behaviour.

“I sincerely hope and pray they can forgive me. I’m truly sorry for my actions.”

Additional reporting from Press Association