A 36-year-old man has admitted killing his wife at their Bradford home.

Sadavat Ali yesterday pleaded not guilty to the murder of mother-of-three Abida Bi, but guilty to manslaughter when he appeared before Bradford Crown Court.

Prosecutor Timothy Stead told the judge, Mr Justice Spencer, that the plea was entered on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was acceptable to the prosecution.

Mr Stead said two psychiatric reports had come to the same conclusion and there were no issues between them.

He said the family of the deceased had been consulted and consideration had also been given to relatives of the defendant.

The judge adjourned sentencing until Friday, March 25, at Leeds Crown Court.

Ali’s lawyer, Abdul Iftikhar, told the court Ali was remanded in custody to Newton Lodge Hospital in Wakefield. The judge said he would remain in custody at the hospital.

Ali, who had the proceedings interpreted to him, was accompanied in the dock by three hospital staff.

The court heard that members of his family had travelled from Birmingham to the court hearing.

Mr Iftikhar said the defendant’s children were living with his sister, with the approval of social services. He said the deceased’s family were predominantly from Pakistan and lived there on a permanent basis.

Ali is accused of killing his wife at the family home in Thorn Street, Girlington, on Monday, September 20, last year.

Mrs Bi, 36, was found at the end-terrace home after relatives called at the house.

Mrs Bi was found with serious head injuries and died a short time later. Her husband was arrested at the scene.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died of head injuries.