A FAKE doctor tried to murder his mother-in-law, wife and two other relatives in a stabbing rampage after he feared his secret was about to be exposed.
Satya Thakor, 35, kept up the lie for seven years, visiting the library every day to read medical books.
The failed medical student realised he was about to be rumbled when his wife suggested a holiday to Los Angeles and he could not provide the funds, Reading Crown Court heard.
The build-up to the stabbing rampage at his mother-in-law's home in Wraysbury, Berks. took a few years as the pressure of keeping up his lies mounted on Thakor.
Prosecuting, Michael Roques said: “He was studying to become a doctor at the time he met his future wife who was studying to become a solicitor and the two of them started a relationship.
“He told his family he had achieved the grades required to become a fully qualified doctor.
"What became apparent eventually was he did not complete that course and did not obtain the qualification he needed."
After getting married, the court heard Thakor carried on the doctor deception for seven years, leaving home each morning and arriving home at night, pretending he was going to work.
But when the family planned to take their young daughter on a dream holiday to Los Angeles in America, Thakor decided he needed to buy more time, the court heard.
Thakor told his wife that he needed to attend a plastic surgery workshop in Reading, Berks., so the couple would need to stay with Nisha’s mother, Gita Laxman , at her home.
On the morning of May 14 last year, Thakor walked into Ms Laxman’s bedroom and asked if he could use the en-suite toilet.
She struggled and screamed and he then began to stab her repeatedlyProsecutor Michael Roques
Mr Roques said: “She then saw the defendant sitting astride her whilst she was in bed, trying to force tissue into her mouth and covering her head with a pillow.
“She struggled and screamed and he then began to stab her repeatedly. Her screams alerted Nisha, who thought her mother was having a nightmare.
“Nisha saw the defendant. He immediately ran past her and her instinctive reaction was that he was perhaps fighting a burglar or something of the sort.
"Nisha realised her mother was underneath a duvet on the bedroom floor.”
The court heard that Thakor then lunged at his wife and tried to stab her in the neck, knifing her at least once and then again in the leg as she fell to the floor.
He went on to stab his brother-in-law, Primal Laxman, who tried to intervene, before going into a room where Rishika Laxman, his sister-in-law, was sleeping and stabbing her too.
Taking to the witness box, Nisha Thakor spoke tearfully about the impact her husband’s crime had had on her family.
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She said: “Like a thief in the night, he stole the best years of my life.
“I thought we were in it together. I paid for the belief that I was supporting his dream of becoming a doctor."
Judge Paul Dugdale warned Thakor he was considering sending him to jail for more than 30 years for three attempted murders and one count of causing grievous bodily harm.