ANITA KAPOOR’S FAMILY SPEAK OF THEIR LOSS
Victim’s family speak of their grief and shock as ‘evil’ killer is jailed
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
Loved: Anita Kapoor