Arborfield: Man Jailed For Life For Murder

9 October 2013, 08:22 | Updated: 9 October 2013, 08:34

A 30 year old man jailed for life for the murder of a woman in Arborfield.

The 30 year old appeared via video link at Reading Crown Court on 8th October 2013, where he pleaded guilty to murder and attempted rape of Krishnamaya Mabo, a 39 year old Nepalese national, sometime on the afternoon of Sunday 2 June, as she went for a walk in woodland near her home in Arborfield. 

When she didn't return home, her husband Thaluman reported her as missing to police and a search of the local area was carried out. At just after 1pm on Monday 3 June, a volunteer helping with the search found Krishnamaya?s body by a tree in an area known as Long Copse. A post-mortem examination, carried out by a Home Office pathologist, concluded she died from asphyxiation. 

Senior Investigating Officer Det Ch Insp Gill Wootton said: "This was a disturbing stranger incident in which a woman walking on her own was attacked and tragically murdered by a man whose actions were clearly sexually motivated. "Nelson had already approached a woman earlier the same day and made indecent suggestions and comments towards her. "Stranger murders like this are an extremely rare occurrence, but when they do happen, they naturally cause a great deal of anxiety and concern. Following the discovery of Krishnamaya's body, Nelson was swiftly identified as a suspect and was arrested later the same day. When he was interviewed, Nelson initially answered no comment but due to the growing weight of evidence against him he eventually made a full confession."

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the tragic murder of Krishnamaya Mabo by a stranger just a short distance from her home. Mrs Mabo, who had gone out for a walk, had the misfortune to come across Glen Nelson. We may never know for sure what happened, or why Nelson murdered Mrs Mabo, but what we do know is that Nelson is an extremely dangerous man. We know that nothing will bring Mrs Mabo back to her family, but we hope the conviction and sentence brings them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."