Police have released the first picture of a mother-of-two who was found murdered in her own home.
It is believed that Sarbjit Kaur was killed during a suspected botched burglary, after she was found unconscious by her husband and step-children inside their home in Rookery Lane, Wolverhampton, last Friday.
Police say that the 38-year-old mother-of-two was assaulted and was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived.
Today, West Midlands Police revealed that the family property was left ransacked and a number of items including jewellery were stolen from the property.
Ms Kaur’s brutal death comes as West Midlands Police revealed that 150 burglaries have already taken place in the area this year.
Detective Chief inspector Chris Mallett said: ‘Mrs Kaur was attacked in her own home. This is a shocking and thankfully rare case.
We are determined to bring her killer or killers to justice.
‘Forensics experts are methodically picking through items inside the house that could be of evidential value and we will be fast-tracking forensic samples for analysis.
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‘We are building up a clearer CCTV picture in the immediate vicinity of the crime scene and are drafting in additional officers to help with the CCTV trawl and examination of footage.’
He added: ‘We found the interior of the property in an untidy state − which could indicate it had been searched − and we believe some jewellery items are missing.
‘We are working with the family to understand exactly what items may have been taken. However, the motive is unclear; we are keeping an open mind and examining several lines of enquiry.
‘I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Rookery Lane area last Friday, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact us.’
Mrs Kaur was married to Gurpreet Singh, 42, a company director who runs Dhanda Properties UK Ltd.
She was last seen alive by her husband at around 9am on the Friday morning, when he left for work.
Inspector Mallett added: ‘We have carried out CCTV and house-to-house enquiries, conducted an extensive forensic examination of the scene, and working with the family to establish the victim’s movements throughout the day.
‘I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious on Friday, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact my team on 101.’