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Father sectioned after smothering wife to death in Cambridge

Muhammad Malik. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

A man who smothered his wife - and the mother of his two young children - to death at their Cambridge home has been sectioned indefinitely.

Muhammad Malik phoned the police himself after attacking Asia Tufail in Novermber, 2016.

Police and paramedics attended the home in Perne Road and she was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where she died of her injuries.

Malik, 38, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Cambridge Crown Court.

He 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.

“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.’’

– Det Insp Lucy Thomson