ANITA KAPOOR’S FAM­ILY SPEAK OF THEIR LOSS

Vic­tim’s fam­ily speak of their grief and shock as ‘evil’ killer is jailed

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

WEAR­ING a grey jumper with the words ‘RIP Mummy’ em­bla­zoned across the back, the 16-year-old daugh­ter of mur­dered Anita Kapoor sat at Read­ing Crown Court on Tues­day as her mother’s killer was jailed.

Navin Mo­han, 35, of no fixed abode, was given a life sen­tence and will serve a min­i­mum of 21 years and 191 days for the bru­tal mur­der of the ‘vul­ner­a­ble’ mother from Hayes, Lon­don. In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read to the court, Ms Kapoor’s daugh­ter, spoke of her ‘gen­tle, car­ing’ mother.

“My mum could be loud and an­noy­ing but she was funny, gen­tle and car­ing, but most im­por­tantly my best friend,” the state­ment said. “She had her prob­lems but so did I and we sup­ported each other through them.

“I will never forget the 23 June 2015. At 12.01 an of­fi­cer said to me, ‘We have rea­son to be­lieve your mum has been mur­dered’. At 12.01 each day I will be re­minded of those words.

“I now have to look to the sky to talk to my mum.”

Af­ter the ver­dict she added: “She wasn’t just my mother, she was truly my best friend and I was hers.

“No mat­ter what her life­style may have been she al­ways put me first, with­out a doubt. She was the most car­ing per­son, with the big­gest heart. As my mother’s spirit runs freely, I be­lieve a part of me runs with her also.

“Al­though it breaks my heart more than any­thing, she is now free of any pain. Rest in peace my beau­ti­ful queen. I love you.”

Ms Kapoor’s fam­ily de­scribed her killer as ‘sadis­tic and evil’ and said, al­though they wel­comed the jury’s ver­dict, ‘it doesn’t bring her back’.

They said they were re­lieved that Mo­han could never hurt any­one else but added: “He made us sit through over two weeks of a har­row­ing trial, ly­ing and show­ing no re­morse.

“We have had to lis­ten to de­tails of how Anita was mur­dered – no-one can understand the im­pact this has had on us. Fur­ther, some of the ev­i­dence given at court has tainted the rep­u­ta­tion of our won­der­ful Anita.”

The fam­ily state­ment added: “Anita had a won­der­ful child­hood, then she found love and was hap­pily mar­ried and had a beau­ti­ful daugh­ter. But Anita suf­fered from de­pres­sion and when it took a hold of her it had dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects.

“How­ever, Anita’s ill­ness didn’t de­fine her, she loved all the good things in life; she en­joyed her food, adored all types of mu­sic and loved to dance. This is how we will re­mem­ber Anita, full of life and vigour.

“Since we were told Anita had been mur­dered we have been liv­ing in a re­al­life night­mare. We think we are go­ing to wake up and Anita will be there again, but then we pinch our­selves and we re­alise she’s gone for­ever. Cel­e­bra­tions such as birth­days, wed­dings and Christ­mas will never be the same with­out Anita. Life will never be the same with­out Anita.”

The fam­ily said they had found the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Ms Kapoor’s death ‘soul de­stroy­ing’ and said her life­style had been ex­ag­ger­ated, not por­tray­ing the woman they knew.

The state­ment added: “She suf­fered from de­pres­sion and this had a se­ri­ous detri­men­tal ef­fect on her life.”

But they thanked those who brought Ms Kapoor’s killer to jus­tice say­ing: “We are ex­tremely grate­ful to DCI Kevin Brown and his en­tire in­ves­ti­ga­tion team for their out­stand­ing ef­forts and sup­port to­wards the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and all of us. We would also like to thank John Price QC and John Laws and their re­spec­tive le­gal team for rep­re­sent­ing

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