THE husband of the woman accused of beating to death her mother-in-law with a rolling pin has described the women’s worsening relationship.

Iqbal Singh said his mother Baljit Kaur Buttar, 56, was initially unhappy when he married Rajvinder Kaur in 1999.

Her other son, Nirmal was married to Kaur’s sister Manjeet, the jury at Winchester Crown Court heard.

“Manjeet used to argue with my mother.

I told my wife she was not to get involved or show disrespect to my mother,” said Mr Singh, speaking through an interpreter.

Mr Singh said there used to be regular rows between his mother and Manjeet: “My mother would say it is the reason you have not had any brothers, it’s a punishment from God.

“She (Buttar) used to swear at both of them, (Rajvinder and Manjeet), saying ‘you are bitches from dirty parents’.”

Kaur, 37, of Broadlands Road, Swaythling, Southampton denies murdering Mrs Buttar, 56, in February 2011.

She admits manslaughter on the grounds of provocation.

Mr Singh said he moved to the UK in 2004 leaving Kaur living with his mother but it proved difficult. He said: “Rajvinder went back to her parents. I told her it was her duty to go back to my mother. My father had passed away.

“The disputes and quarrels were so much that she could no longer take it, tolerate it any longer.”

Kaur moved to Southampton in late 2008 or early 2009. Mrs Buttar visited in 2010 and that it made her more withdrawn, said Mr Singh.

“She would sleep less, due to my mother’s arrival. She had the pressure of a lot of household chores. She became upset and bitter.”

The trial adjourned early yesterday after concerns were raised about the interpreter Mubarak Lone.

The judge, Mr Justice Burnett, discharged the jury, telling them: “Problems had arisen about the accuracy of some of the interpretation.”

The case is due to resume on Monday when there will be video evidence from India by Manjeet and Nirmal Singh.