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Breaking Bad plot accused 'beaten by controlling mother'

Kuntal Patel
Image caption Kuntal Patel has admitted two counts of attempting to acquire a toxin

A woman accused of poisoning her mother in a Breaking Bad-inspired plot has told a court she was beaten by her.

Kuntal Patel, 37, denies trying to murder her magistrate mother Meena by putting abrin in her Diet Coke drink.

Giving evidence at Southwark Crown Court, Ms Patel said her "controlling" mother "forbade" her from marrying her boyfriend.

She said she "couldn't understand how or why my mother was behaving like this".

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Ms Patel said her boyfriend Niaj Kakad had called her mother controlling, and when she told her this she erupted in fury and beat her.

"I think for her that was a sign of him being disrespectful to her," she said.

Ms Patel lived with her mother and younger sister Poonam in Plaistow, east London, where her mother kept tabs on her "24/7", jurors heard.

She said her mother "started slapping" her "on and off".

When she struck up a relationship with Mr Kakad, her mother quickly turned sour and tried to break them up, she claimed.

The court previously heard the graphic designer attempted to kill her mother by putting poison in a drink in a plot inspired by US TV series Breaking Bad.

Ms Patel was arrested in January when her emails to Jesse Korff asking for more abrin and ricin on the "dark web" were intercepted by the FBI, jurors were told.

The court heard Mr Korff, who made his poisons in a lab at his home, reassured Ms Patel he had sent her real poison and said it had "worked" for his other customers.

She denies trying to murder her mother, who sits on the bench at Thames Magistrates' Court, and one count of acquiring a biological agent or toxin, but has pleaded guilty to two further counts of attempting to acquire a biological agent or toxin.

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