Murder accused says mother beat him and used black magic

By Jamie Brassington | Sandwell | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A 26-year-old man accused of stabbing his mother to death claims she would often beat him with a cooking stick and used black magic on him.

Jasbir Kaur and her husband Rupinder Singh Bassan

Anmol Chana said Jasbir Kaur hated him and the pair would regularly clash when he was growing up, Birmingham Crown Court was told.

Chana allegedly murdered Ms Kaur, 52, and her husband, Chana's step-father, Rupinder Bassan, 51, at their house in Moat Road, Oldbury, in February. He has denied this.

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The defendant, of Hamilton Road, Smethwick, said the abuse at the hands of his mother happened in his childhood and into his teens.

Asked by defence barrister, Gurdeep Garcha QC, why he did not tell police, Chana replied: “I was scared and embarrassed. I thought no one would believe me.”

He added: “I hated her for my upbringing and blamed her for what happened [in my life].”

Police outside the couple's house on Moat Road, Oldbury


The trial heard that in 2010, Chana allegedly punched his mother and threatened to burn the house down and kill her, said Mr Garcha.

Describing how the pair would regularly fight, Chana said: “She would use weapons around the house like a cooking stick. She would pick them up and smack me.I had blood gushing out of my head. She would say to me I was a good-for-nothing.”

Later in life, Chana claimed Ms Kaur would use “Asian black magic” against him.

His sister, Kiran, gave evidence earlier in the trial saying Chana had a fascination with knives. The court heard he once tried to join the British Army in 2016 but was declared not fit due to dermatitis. “I always liked bush craft, like Ray Mears, that sort of thing,” he said. “I was in the cadets at school.”


Chana told the court he was not invited to Ms Kaur’s and Mr Bassan’s wedding but had no “animosity” with Mr Bassan.

In a number of texts to his father, Chana outlined his dislike for his mother, the court heard.

In one text, he said: “I just want to get rid of her and Kiran.” He told the court this was an expression.

On Saturday, February 22, before the couple were killed, Chana had visited their home.

Chana's sister Kiran was also there but she got dropped back to her own place by Mr Bassan, it was heard.

Asked what the atmosphere was like with that night, Chana said: “It was calm. My mother made an effort not to speak in front of Kiran and Rupinder.

“They never knew [about the abuse] as far as I’m concerned.”

The trial continues.

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