New York- According to media sources, an Indian-origin man was charged with murdering and sexually assaulting his 65-year-old mother at their home in New York on the eve of Mother's Day.
On Saturday morning, Pushkar Sharma, 28, reportedly carried out a fatal assault on Soraj Sharma at their home in Bellerose Manor, Jamaica. Prosecutors say the defendant grabbed his mother from behind, choked her, and punched her before she collapsed to the floor.
"Once down, the son allegedly continued the attack, strangling and punching his mother before sexually assaulting her. The victim lost consciousness and then died," the official said.
According to a criminal complaint, the defendant informed investigators he "woke up the morning before Mother's Day with an uncontrollable urge to harm someone."
According to news agency Press Trust of India, Pushkar Sharma told police that he kept choking her (mother) until he was pretty sure she was dead.
Sharma, who was drenched in blood, collected his wallet and keys and walked to the 105th Precinct, where he admitted to the unimaginable violence, the New York Daily News quoted police and prosecutors as saying.
Soraj Sharma's daughter discovered her mother unconscious in the basement, according to police, who added that she was rushed to Long Island Jewish Hospital and pronounced dead.
According to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, what should have been a joyous Mother's Day celebration turned into a vicious, tragic nightmare for the family.
Sharma was charged with murder and sexual assault on Sunday. He was ordered detained without bail, and his next court date is May 24, as per reports.
Sharma's neighbour Kelvin was shocked by the news of the murder even though he was well aware of Sharma's mental health problem. "The family was really nice and friendly. I am shocked to know that the son could've done this," he said.
He remembered a previous incident in which Sharma's neighbours had called the cops because he was behaving strangely.
Sharma's lawyer, Matthew Thomas of the Queens Defenders, did not respond to a request for comment right away.