Businessman admits killing social worker who was stabbed to death on home visit

A businessman who stabbed to death a support worker after becoming depressed has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Belinda Rose, 63, was killed by Inderjit Ram, a friend and colleague who had worked with her for years.

Belinda had been a support worker for vulnerable people that had been placed in houses that were owned by Ram.

Today Ram, of Great Barr, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to her manslaughter.

The court was told Ram, 52, was depressed at the time of the killing, while his firm offering supported living to vulnerable adults was on the verge of collapse.

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Judge Kristina Montgomery QC heard the victim, from Walsall, had gone to a supported living home to meet Ram where she was stabbed five times in the torso before being left on a sofa.

Explaining the Crown's decision not to proceed with a murder charge and accept a plea to manslaughter, prosecutor Adrian Keeling QC said two psychiatric experts had said Ram was suffering from an impairment of mental function.

Mr Keeling told the court Ram had received a six-month custodial sentence after being convicted of violent disorder while he was still at school, but had gone on to obtain a degree in chemistry.

Ram then started a business providing support for vulnerable adults but was diagnosed with depression in 2007 and had "struggled on and off" despite help from his GP.

Mr Keeling told the court: "On any view, the business he was running was on the verge of collapse.

"Belinda Rose worked for him as a support worker and it seems that the defendant's relationship with the deceased was both amicable and good."

Mrs Rose, who the court heard was held in universal high-regard by those she worked with, agreed to meet Ram at a property in Pendragon Road, one of a number run by his company, to discuss apparent difficulties at the firm.

Although Ram had asked his victim to lend him money, Mr Keeling said the reason for the stabbing was not known.

Mr Keeling said: "No one else was present at that meeting. It's not known why, but at some point the defendant attacked Mrs Rose.

"It is clear that there must have been an argument. The exact trigger for that argument is unclear.

"There is nothing to suggest that the defendant had gone to that meeting with the intention of serious violence of any nature."

CCTV footage captured Ram leaving the house where the stabbing took place.

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He then contacted his wife and attended a police station around an hour later, telling an officer he had stabbed the deceased.

Remanding Ram in custody for sentencing on a date yet to be fixed, Judge Montgomery said: "The court requires further information before the sentence that is required to be passed on you.

"You must understand you will receive a substantial sentence."

On Saturday, August 17 Ram told his wife he was meeting Belinda at a house he owned in Perry Barr.

At around 1.45pm, a 999 call was received from Ram’s wife where she told the call handler her husband had just told her he had stabbed someone and that she and her husband were sitting outside Summerfield Police Station with their son.

Ram’s wife also told police the address where the incident had taken place as Pendragon Road, Perry Barr.

Officers attended the address and found Belinda in the kitchen with multiple stab wounds to her body.

Belinda was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ram was arrested and charged with her murder.

Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse, from West Midlands Police's homicide team, said: “The family of Mrs Rose have been left without a mother and grandmother and she was also due to get married to her long term partner.

"Although Ram has accepted his responsibility for the death of Belinda with his plea, it will never bring her back.

"However I hope it brings some closure to her family."

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