Father pleads guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility
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A 55-year-old man has today (Friday 8 July) pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Kaushik Solanki, who was found to be suffering from a major depressive disorder, admitted the charge – which relates to the death of his wife Manisha Solanki – at Leicester Crown Court.
On 15 April last year, a call was made by a member of their family to Leicestershire Police, stating they were concerned for their welfare.
A short time later, a call was received from Norfolk Constabulary to say Solanki had been found seriously injured in Hunstanton with life-threatening injuries. Officers went to the address in Tennis Court Drive in Humberstone and forced entry where the body of Mrs Solanki was found.
Officers in Cambridgeshire – where Kaushik, 55, had been taken to receive treatment – arrested him on suspicion of murder on 17 April. However, he was released on bail while he received medical care for several months afterwards. In December, following his release, he was charged with the murder of Manisha, 49.
Detective Inspector Jenni Heggs, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) major crime team, was the senior investigating officer. She said: “First and foremost, my thoughts are with friends and family of the Solankis at this very difficult time.
“During our investigation, it was determined that Kaushik Solanki was suffering from an abnormality of mental functioning which led to him taking his wife’s life. While I appreciate today’s outcome will not bring Manisha back, I hope it will provide a degree of closure and allow them to move on with their lives.”
Kaushik Solanki is due to appear for sentencing on Monday 25 July.