Tayside and Central Scotland

Nabeel Khan murder trial told of injured wife

A man has gone on trial accused of murdering his wife at their home in Dundee.

Nabeel Khan, 47, denies slapping Iffat Kamal and throttling her until she was unconscious.

Mrs Kamal died at Ninewells Hospital 10 days after the alleged attack in December 2008.

Pc Kenneth McLeod told the court he arrived at the house to find Mr Khan and two children watching paramedics attempt to revive Mrs Kamal.

At the High Court in Aberdeen, the 39-year-old Tayside Police officer said he could see an injury on the woman's neck as she lay lifeless on the living room floor.

'Couldn't remember'

"She was lying with her head towards the door - lying on her back," he said.

"I saw a red mark across the lady's neck, on her throat.

"The paramedic said there was a very weak pulse and there was blood in the windpipe."

Pc McLeod described Mr Khan as "quiet" but said he appeared upset and was taken into another room with the children.

The witness told advocate depute Alex Prentice QC that Mr Khan immediately admitted hitting his wife during a row and appeared to indicate he had put her in a headlock.

"He said there had been an argument in which his wife had slapped him and he had slapped her back and grabbed her," the officer said.

"He had made a gesture with his right hand, in a headlock sort of motion.

"He said he couldn't remember anything after that.

"The oldest child was quiet but the youngest one seemed quite happy."

The officer said he alerted detectives to the incident, who arrived to take Mr Khan away while paramedics transported Mrs Kamal to hospital.

Mr Khan is charged with slapping his wife on the face and murdering her by strangling her and restricting her breathing at Simpson Court, Dundee.

He denies the charge.

The trial, before Lord Matthews, continues.

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