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Hayes man jailed for life for murdering 71-year-old mother

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Image caption Majid Butt strangled his mother after she told him to leave the home they shared

A man who strangled his mother after she asked him to leave the family home has been handed a life sentence.

Majid Butt, 51, previously pleaded guilty to murdering 71-year-old Onees Khatoon at the house they shared in Hayes, west London, on 13 May.

The Old Bailey heard he confessed at a police station 30 minutes after he killed her with an electrical cable.

He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years and 10 months for the "act of unusual wickedness."

"Everyone has a duty to care for and protect their mother. You breached that duty in the most emphatic way," Judge Nicholas Cooke QC said.

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Image caption Ms Khatoon, who suffered from diabetes and heart problems, was found dead in the house in Hayes

The court heard Butt had lived with his mother for a total of 41 years.

He was invited back into her house in October last year, having been asked to leave when his father died in 2009.

In a letter written from his cell in Belmarsh prison last month, he expressed "deep" remorse for the "moment of madness".

"I accept for my crime I deserve to be punished. It is my family who are now being punished and suffering for my shameful behaviour," he said.

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