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Tuesday, 22 September 2009 12:42 UK
A mother who murdered her two daughters as they slept has been jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 33 years.
Rekha Kumari-Baker, 41, stabbed 16-year-old Davina 37 times and 13-year-old Jasmine 29 times at their home in Stretham, Cambridgeshire.
Her ex-husband said the killings were “an act of calculated viciousness”.
The 33-year minimum sentence handed down at Cambridge Crown Court is one of the longest jail terms given to a woman in the UK in modern times.
David Baker, Kumari-Baker’s ex-husband, said he had been “robbed” of his daughters.
Kumari-Baker admitted killing the girls in June 2007 but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
However the jury did not believe her and took just 35 minutes to find her guilty of murder.