Satya Thakor was a failed medical student who was living a lie. Thakor pretended he was a doctor for seven years. Fearing his family were set to expose him as a fraud Satya tried to murder his wife, mother-in-law and brother-in-law.
Reading crown court was told how Satya Thakor armed himself with a knife. Then attacked four members of his family at his mother-in-law’s house.
- The 35-year-old first attacked his mother-in-law Gita Laxman in her own bedroom by trying to force tissue into her mouth and covering her head with a pillow. She started to struggle and scream he stabbed her repeatedly.
- He then stabbed his wife Nisha in the neck and leg when she ran to help her mother.
- Thakor then stabbed his brother-in-law Primal Laxman and his sister-in-law Rishika Laxman as she slept in another bedroom.
Thakor, formerly of Normanton Road, North Evington, Leicester, had been leaving home every day and pretending to go to work but had in fact been spending all day in the library, reading medical books.
He thought he was about to be rumbled when his wife suggested a dream holiday to Los Angeles – a trip he could not pay for because he had not been earning money.
It was then he decided to kill his mother-in-law.
Judge Paul Dugdale, told the court,said: “He was buying some time. He was not intending to kill anyone else when he set out that evening except his mother-in-law.
“I think it probably was a wholly illogical thought process but to him it seemed entirely reasonable.”
The build-up to the stabbing rampage at his mother-in-law’s home in Wraysbury, Berks., had taken a number of years as the pressure of keeping up his lies mounted on Thakor.
Mr Roques said: “He was studying to become a doctor at the time he met his future wife who was studying to become a solicitor and the two of them started a relationship.
“He told his family he had achieved the grades required to become a fully qualified doctor. What became apparent eventually was he did not complete that course and did not obtain the qualification he needed.”
Thakor told his family he had found work as a doctor but was nearly caught out when he agreed to fund him and his wife’s honeymoon after they got married.
On the morning of his wedding, he orchestrated a car crash to get the honeymoon called off, the prosecution said.
Mr Roques said: “The defendant drove his car into the central reservation on the M4 motorway. As a result of that, the wedding had to be delayed but still took place later that day.
“The honeymoon was cancelled. It is the prosecution’s case that there never was a honeymoon because he did not have the money.”
After getting married, the court heard Thakor had carried on the doctor deception for seven years, leaving home each morning and arriving home at night, pretending he was going to work but actually going to the local library and reading medical textbooks.
To maintain his lie, the prosecutor said, Thakor had pretended he had to work night shifts and left the house overnight.
Mr Roques said: “One Christmas, he said that he had to go to work and came back later and, when asked about why he seemed upset, he said that they had lost a patient that day.”
Even after the birth of their daughter, Thakor had survived purely on his wife’s income throughout their marriage, a judge was told, telling her he was banking his earnings as a doctor to save towards their house.
However, when the family planned to take their young daughter on a dream holiday to Los Angeles in America, Thakor decided he needed to buy more time.
Mr Roques went on: “He was supposed to have booked not only the flights to go to the States, but also the tickets for the various shows.
“No such flights or tickets had been booked. He was shortly going to be found out or at least there had to be a reason not to get on to the flights.”
Thakor told his wife that he needed to attend a plastic surgery workshop in Reading so the couple would need to stay with Nisha’s mother, Gita Laxman, at her home in Wraysbury, Berkshire.
On the morning of May 14 last year, Thakor walked into Ms Laxman’s bedroom and asked if he could use the en-suite toilet.
Mr Roques said: “She saw the defendant sitting astride her whilst she was in bed, trying to force tissue into her mouth and covering her head with a pillow.
“She struggled and screamed and he then began to stab her repeatedly. Her screams alerted Nisha, who thought her mother was having a nightmare.
“Nisha saw the defendant. He immediately ran past her and her instinctive reaction was that he was perhaps fighting a burglar or something of the sort. Nisha realised her mother was underneath a duvet on the bedroom floor.”
The court heard that Thakor then lunged at his wife and tried to stab her in the neck, successfully knifing her at least once and then again in the leg as she fell to the floor trying to kick him away.
He went on to stab his brother-in-law, Primal Laxman, who tried to intervene, before going into a room where Rishika Laxman, his sister-in-law, was sleeping. He stabbed her too, Judge Dugdale was told.
Mr Roques said: “Police were called and attended. It became apparent the defendant had closed himself into Gita’s en-suite bathroom and when police officers entered wearing body-worn cameras, those cameras recorded the defendant in the bath.
“Police officers quickly became aware he had stabbed himself a number of times. He was shouting about demons. It is right to say nobody had heard him shouting about demons until the police officers were present.”
Thakor had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and told medics he had been told to carry out the attacks by demons and that he saw demons crawling on himself and others, so he felt he needed to stab them to get rid of the demons.
Mr Roques added: “He was asked by his psychiatrist to give some background. He maintained at that stage he was a practising doctor. It was only when he was asked where his team could be contacted to let them know where he was, that he admitted he was lying.”
He was deemed well enough to be discharged and following a 10-day trial at Reading Crown Court, Thakor was convicted of three counts of attempted murder in relation to his wife, his mother-in-law and his brother-in-law.He was convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to his sister-in-law Rishika Laxman.
Defending, Bernard Tetlow QC, who called the facts of the case “unprecedented”, told the court Thakor would never again be in the unique set of circumstances which created the build-up of stress that led him to offend.
Thakor was sentenced to 28 years in jail and made subject to a restraining order against his family which would last indefinitely.