A New York man who confessed to the gruesome slaying of his mother sexually assaulted her as he beat and strangled her, prosecutors revealed Sunday night, May 9.
Pushkar Sharma, aged 28, from Queens, told police he woke up the morning before Mother’s Day “with an uncontrollable urge to hurt someone,” according to a criminal complaint.
About 8 a.m. Saturday, he went down to the basement of the family home on Winchester Blvd. near Braddock Ave. in Bellerose Manor and attacked his mother, prosecutors said.
Sharma allegedly approached his 65-year old mother from behind, wrapped his hands around her throat, and started choking and punching her in the face. She struggled for several minutes as the horrific attack continued.
Sharma then allegedly sexually assaulted his mother and choked her until she lost consciousness.
“he continued choking her until he was pretty sure she was dead,” the criminal complaint alleges.
Covered in blood, Sharma picked his wallet and keys and walked to the 105th Precinct, where he confessed to the unimaginable violence, the complaint read.
Medics rushed her to Long Island Jewish Hospital, but she could not be saved.
“What should have been a celebration of Mother’s Day became a brutal, tragic nightmare for a Queens family,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said Sunday.
A neighbor of the accused known as Kelvin, said he knew Sharma had mental health problems, but he was stunned at the slaying.
“The family was really nice and friendly. I am shocked to know that the son could’ve done this,” he said.
He recalled a past incident when neighbors called police because Sharma was acting erratically.
“So, it’s not the first time. He’s been in trouble before,” Kelvin said. “You can clearly tell that he has some mental health issues. When he had the cops called on him previously, people said that he was not on his medications. Perhaps, the same happened this time around.”
Pushkar Sharma was arraigned Sunday afternoon, May 9, on murder and sexual abuse charges. He was held without bail, and his next appearance in court is scheduled for May 24.
By Kingsley U.