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15 September 2011, 11:11
A man's appeared in court charged with killing a mum-of-three found stabbed by her children when they arrived home from school.
Shobna Jethwa's daughter and two sons found her badly injured at their home on Butely Road, Luton, Bedfordshire on the afternoon of Friday 9 September 2011.
The 44 year old (pictured, right) was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived shortly afterwards. A post-mortem's found she died of stab wounds.
Sultan Khan, 50, from Durbar Road, Luton, has been charged with Ms Jethwa's murder and appeared at Luton Magistrates' Court on Thursday 15 September. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday 27 September.
DCI Mike Trotman, from the Beds and Herts Major Crime Unit, who is leading the investigation said: "Our sympathies go out to Shobhna’s family, in particular her daughter and two sons who found her body at their home on return from school on Friday."
The house was taped off while forensic officers examined the scene. A bunch of flowers was left by a tree in the front garden.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "I have known her for twelve years. She was a friendly woman. They are a nice family. She had two boys and girl. They are aged from about 11 upwards."
Another neighbour said: "It must have been terrible for them to find their mother dead."