A WOMAN was last night charged with murdering her mother-in-law who had been visiting from India.

Raj Binder Kaur, 35, is accused of delivering repeated blows to the head of 56-year-old Baljit Kaur Buttar, who had been on a five-month visit to Southampton and had been due to fly home yesterday.

As reported by the Daily Echo, emergency services were called to a home in Broadlands Road, Swaythling, just after 11.30am on Friday where the woman was found with severe head injuries. She died as paramedics fought to save her inside the property.

Kaur was one of four people arrested on suspicion of the murder of Mrs Buttar. A 30-year-old man also held on suspicion of murder was last night released on police bail.

A man and woman, both aged 33, were released without charge on Saturday.

The flat was a rented property which had been let to Kaur and her husband and their two young children.

They are thought to have moved to the neighbourhood from the St Deny’s area of the city.

They were regular worshippers at the Sikh Gurdwara Nanaksar temple in Peterborough Road, Bevois Valley.

A temple spokesman said: “They were a very happy family. They came here regularly.

“It’s been a shock to the community.

Everyone has sympathy for the family and everyone is praying for them.”

Landlord Mahmood Rabbani told the Daily Echo he believed Mrs Buttar had been visiting her family but had been due to board a flight home yesterday.

He added that he had started to show students around the home as the family had indicated they wanted to move out.

He said: “The man I rented it to was always very polite and talked nicely. He said a while ago that his mother was going to visit from India and asked if I could tidy up the garden.

“He seemed to be looking forward to her coming. By the look of the place the family seemed happy.

Mr Rabbani added: “The whole thing is very upsetting.

“She was an elderly woman and was often just sitting there watching television.

She would always have the young child in her hands.

“She seemed very quiet – I spoke to her only two or three times. It is very shocking, especially as I had seen her two days before she died.”

Kaur will appear before Southampton Magistrates’ Court this morning.