Sunday 26 April 2015
Free Newspaper Asian News
The Asian Today Newspaper - Issue 197 Out Now View Issue 197 Online Now!
Register today for all the latest news from The Asian Today.
Where did you hear about us?
Get Your Free Copy of The Asian Today
YOUR FREE ASIAN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER!
Use our store finder to find out where you can pick up your local copy of The Asian Today!
WANT TO ADVERTISE? 
Advertising in The Asian Today  is a great way to promote your business. Contact our advertising team:    
sales@theasiantoday.com
Call:  0121 314 2892


News - The Asian Today

Updated: 13:11, Tuesday July 10, 2012
        News Feed
Guilty: Asian family who murdered pregnant wife
Court hears husband and in-laws believed Naila Mumtaz was possessed
 
A HUSBAND and his family have been found guilty of murdering a pregnant young wife at her Birmingham home, in the belief that she had been possessed by Jinn spirits.
Naila Mumtaz died in hospital on 8 July 2009, after she was found collapsed at her home in Craythorne Avenue. Paramedics were called to the address by family members, however the 21-year-old could not be saved and she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Naila, who was six-months pregnant at the time of her death, died as a result of smothering, according to a post mortem examination, and the trial heard that members of her husband’s family had deliberately caused her death.
The court heard how Naila’s husband Mohammed Mumtaz, father-in-law, Zia Ul-Haq, mother-in-law, Salma Aslam, and her sister-in-law’s husband Hammad Hassan, believed that the young woman, who had arrived in Birmingham some two years earlier from Pakistan, had been possessed by Jinn spirits.
Following a lengthy investigation by the Force Criminal Investigation Department the four defendants were charged with Naila’s murder and, after a 12-week trial a jury of four men and eight women found them guilty.
Detective Inspector Simon Astle said: “This was a tragic and deeply upsetting case, where a young woman had her life so horrifically ended by those she loved and trusted.
“Naila was a pretty, outgoing young woman who was soon to become a mother for the first time.
“It is unthinkable that those who she was closest to would take her life in the belief that she had been possessed by evil spirits.
“Naila should now be enjoying the joys of motherhood and family life but instead her family back in Pakistan continue to mourn her death, still shocked and unbelieving that the family she entered into caused her death.
“We hope that the verdict and resulting sentences will offer some comfort to Naila’s grieving family and friends both here and in Pakistan.
“This investigation proved challenging and was a painstaking process for all of the officers and external agencies involved and I would like to offer my gratitude for their hard work in ensuring those responsible have been brought to justice.”
Speaking after the trial, Naila’s family released the following statement: “Naila was a happy, confident and beautiful young woman. She came to Britain to be with her husband; we entrusted our most treasured, beloved only daughter to him and his family.
“Naila was almost six months pregnant with her unborn son when she was killed in her home destroying her hopes, dreams and opportunities for the future.
“We would like to thank West Midlands Police and Crown Prosecution Service in seeking justice for Naila; we are very grateful for the jury using plain, common sense in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Naila will always be in our hearts and prayers and we hope her memory will live on by bringing about awareness of the issues surrounding her unfortunate death."
“Our aim now is to raise awareness of the issues faced by Naila and young people like her, they need to be able to discuss openly the issues which arise so they can be acted upon in families and communities. They need to acquire the tools to break free from these situations. We need to empower people who are vulnerable and isolated to seek help in these circumstances.”

Comments

Latest Stories

Students take to the Stage
Cadbury College perform Sweet Charity
Zoheb Majid Given 12 Years for Murder
Jailed Alongside 13-Year-old Schoolboy
Noor TV Milad
Organisers Praise Successful Event
Boy Beaten By Teachers
Mosque Teachers Mohammed Waqar and Mohammed Siddique Are Accused of Assault
Community Hub Officials Appeal For Calm
Vandals Placed Pig Heads Outside Solihull Community Hub and Smashed Windows
Yardley Terrorism Suspect Released on Bail
25-Year-Old Poses No Immediate Threat to Public Safety, According to Police
Big Business in the Big Apple
Once in a Life Time Opportunity for Abbey College Students
Pigs Head Left Outside “Unauthorised” Mosque
Police Investigation Opens into Hate Crime
Celebrating Unprecedented Achievements
100% Pass Rate for Students
Salon Owner Given Longer Sentence
10 Extra Months for Lying in Court

More News From The Asian Today


Entertainment

Asian Entertainment - Sonakshi Sinha Lookalike Goes Viral
21/04/2015
Seeing Double
  Being compared to a celebrity, particularly a famous Bollywood one is an everyda...
Asian Entertainment - Abhishek Bachchan Visits Leicester To Support Indian-Origin MP Keith Vaz
20/04/2015
Bollywood Star Supports British MP
A Bollywood A-lister graced the streets of Leicester to show his support for a local MP ...
Asian Entertainment - Fifth Annual Award Ceremony Held in London
20/04/2015
Zayn Malik Awarded Asian Award
Making his solo appearance at the annual Asian Awards, former One Direction member, Zayn...
Asian Entertainment - Sadqay Tumhare is Bigger Winner on Industry's Success Night
15/04/2015
Hum TV Awards 2015
Glitz, Glamour and Grandeur aptly summarise the 3rd Hum TV Awards, taking place at Dubai...

Interviews

Asian Interviews - Amar, Akbar and Tony Actor Talks Movies, Hollywood and being a CaucASIAN
09/04/2015
Martin Delaney
Having starred in both British dramas and Hollywood blockbusters, Martin Delaney has had...
Asian Interviews - Director, Actor and Actress Talks to The Asian Today
01/04/2015
Broken Horses
Vidhu Vinod Chopra – Writer, Producer & Director     Q: What is &...
Asian Interviews - Detective Inspector at West Midlands Police
27/03/2015
Khizra Dhindsa
West Midlands Police have a vacancy open for the role of Police Officer in what promises...
Asian Interviews - The Voice of KISS FM takes us through an average day in her hectic life!
05/03/2015
A Day in the Life of DJ Neev Spencer
With a daily audience of 1.5 million listeners, Neev Spencer has become one of the most ...

News

Asian News - Image Reveals Extent of Victims Injuries
01/04/2015
Police Appeal After Daylight Beating
Detectives investigating a baseball bat attack in a Sparkbrook street have issued images...
Asian News - Idris Mansoor to take part in London Marathon
30/03/2015
Raising Funds for Blind Children
A big-hearted athlete from West Yorkshire is hoping to raise funds for a good cause...
Asian News - Solihull Proposals Submitted for Third Time
27/03/2015
Muslim Cemetery Plans
Plans for a Muslim cemetery in a Solihull village have been submitted for an unprecedent...
Asian News - Walsall Man Praised For Honesty
25/03/2015
Taxi Driver Hands Back £10k
A taxi driver has been praised after handing a pot of money back to a customer who left ...

Sport

Asian Sport - Chelsea FC Opens Applications for Scheme
15/04/2015
Asian Star Receives ZRF Backing
Vikas Sadiq of the Zesh Rehman Foundation has praised Chelsea’s Asian Star and urg...
Asian Sport - Girls Take To Becoming Young Football Leaders With Swaggarlicious Ltd
13/04/2015
Female Junior Football Leaders
Swaggarlicious Ltd, a football and education based organisation, has partnered with Unit...
Asian Sport - Man of the Match Awarded to Nehra
10/04/2015
Chennai Hold Nerves to Edge Daredevils in Thriller
CSK, who have over the years established a reputation of being poor starters, opened the...
Asian Sport - Becomes World's Second Asian Female Football Agent
09/04/2015
Bilkis Breaks Barriers
Bilkis Mahmood Lawyer based in Leeds, is now hoping that her appointment will encourage ...