A British man failed the exams he needed to pass to become a doctor—nearly a decade ago. But Satya Thakor apparently spent the next seven years pretending to his family that he actually was one, and then tried to kill them to keep them from discovering the lie. The BBC reports the 35-year-old was on Monday sentenced to 14 years in connection with the May 14, 2019, attack on four family members at his mother-in-law's Wraysbury, Berkshire, home. The court was told he tried to suffocate his mother-in-law in her bedroom with a rag and pillow, then began stabbing her; his wife ran in the room and was stabbed, as was her brother, who reportedly blocked Thakor from accessing the bedroom Thakor's own daughter was in. The brother-in-law's wife was also stabbed. All survived.
Thakor met future wife Nisha while in university in London, and the court was told that as part of his deception he went to a library daily to read medical texts and would work fake night-shifts, the Telegraph reports. The Hindustan Times quotes from a letter he wrote to the judge, which reads in part, "The fear [that] admitting [the failure] would cause my family and friends to abandon me and my upcoming wedding to be called off, led me to lie." He was said to become fearful that his lie would be exposed after his wife last May suggested they and their daughter take a trip to Los Angeles—which he couldn't afford. Nisha Thakor told the court that she covered rent and other expenses previously because her husband had convinced her he was saving for a home. (Read more strange stuff stories.)