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"This is a shocking case": Cause of death of murder victim still unclear

Sarbjit Kaur was found unconscious in her own home last Friday Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police are still investigating the exact cause of death of Wolverhampton murder victim, Sarbjit Kaur.

The 38-year-old was found unconscious in her Rookery Lane home at 4pm on Friday (16 February).

She had been assaulted and it’s believed may have died several hours before family members discovered her body.

Mrs Kaur had been attacked but a post mortem examination has so far been unable to identify the precise cause of death. Further tests are going to be carried out.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Mallett, from the force’s Homicide Team, is leading the enquiry:

Mrs Kaur was attacked in her own home: this is a shocking and thankfully rare case. We are determined to bring her killer or killers to justice.

Forensics experts are methodically picking through items inside the house that could be of evidential value and we will be fast-tracking forensic samples for analysis.

We are building up a clearer CCTV picture in the immediate vicinity of the crime scene and are drafting in additional officers to help with the CCTV trawl and examination of footage.

We found the interior of the property in an untidy state − which could indicate it had been searched − and we believe some jewellery items are missing. We are working with the family to understand exactly what items may have been taken.

However, the motive is unclear; we are keeping an open mind and examining several lines of enquiry.

– Chris Mallett
Forensics at the house in Wolverhampton Credit: ITV News Central

There have been around 150 burglaries in Wolverhampton so far this year, but Detective Chief Inspector Chris Mallett said none involved occupants being subjected to serious violence.

He added:

We are re-examining many of these burglaries and expediting investigative opportunities to establish if there could be any link with Mrs Kaur’s death.

However, we have not seen any home invasion offences recently in Wolverhampton where extreme levels of violence have been used.

– Chris Mallett