Tarsame Singh, aged 79, of Hornchurch, East London, has pleaded guilty to murdering his wife with a rounders bat.

On the evening of May 2, 2023, Singh walked into Romford police station and said he had just killed his wife.

Officers immediately attended the house on Cowdray Way in Elm Park and found Maya Devi unresponsive on the living room floor.

The wooden rounders bat was found nearby.

Significant amounts of blood staining were found on the carpet and nearby walls

The 77-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and a post-mortem examination found the cause of death to be blunt force head injuries.

The couple ran the post office in nearby Rainham for many years before recently retiring.

Maya regularly visited the Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association (HASWA) community centre close to her home, where she practised yoga and met friends for lunch.

Nirmala Leal, an outreach worker at HASWA and a close friend, saw her a few hours before her death.

She said: “I spoke to Maya yesterday afternoon, about 1:30 pm, and she seemed to be in a good mood.

“In fact, she was excited as she was going on holiday next week.

“She had come to the community centre for yoga, which she did every week, and told me that she wouldn’t be in from Wednesday as she was going to Lanzarote for six days with a female friend.

“Maya was such a lovely lady, really warm-hearted. She loved singing as much as yoga and had a smile for everyone.

“I can’t believe this has happened and that she has gone.

“I saw her just a few hours before her death, it doesn’t seem real that I won’t see her again.”

Singh was charged on May 3 and was remanded into custody.

He has now pleaded guilty to killing his wife.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers, who led the investigation, said