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Nabeel Khan sentenced to five years for killing wife

Nabeel Khan
Image caption Nabeel Khan was found guilty of culpable homicide following a retrial in Aberdeen

A man who killed his doctor wife by throttling her in front of a young boy has been jailed for five years and four months.

Nabeel Khan attacked Iffat Kamal in December 2008 at the home they shared in Dundee.

Dr Kamal died 10 days later at the city's Ninewells Hospital where she worked as a consultant pathologist.

Khan, whose original murder conviction was quashed by appeal judges, was found guilty of culpable homicide last month.

The 47-year-old had been given a minimum sentence of 15 years for murder but appeal judges ruled the jury had been misdirected.

Sentencing Khan for culpable homicide, judge Lord Matthews said: "It remains the case that you brought about the death of your wife - that has brought great distress for her family.

"You attacked your wife and you must answer for that."

Image caption Dr Iffat Kamal died at Ninewells Hospital on 20 December 2008

Lord Matthews told Khan the jail term would have been eight years had he not admitted to the culpable homicide charge of which he was eventually convicted.

His sentence was back-dated to December 2008.

The re-trial had heard how Khan and his 39-year-old wife had been suffering marriage problems prior to her death.

An 11-year-old boy - who cannot be named for legal reasons - recalled how the pair argued on 10 December 2008.

The boy described Khan "crushing" Dr Kamal's neck.

Khan told the court he accepted "full responsibility" for his wife's death, but insisted he did not murder her.

He said he had "lost control" and grabbed his wife's neck with his arm.

Mark Stewart QC, defending, said Khan was "bitterly sorry" for what happened.

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