Distraught father speaks of hanging

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THE father of two children who were found hanged alongside their mother has spoken out for the first time about his grief.

Suhal Miah was inconsolable after he made the grim discovery of his wife Musamat Mumtahana and two young sons, two-year-old Raheem Miah and one-year-old Nahuim Miah, at their family home in Radnor Road, Handsworth last week Wednesday.

He has returned to their £85,000 three bedroom flat from work when he made the discovery.

A post mortem confirmed the three died from hanging.

In a statement released to the press, 26-year-old Mr Miah said he was “distraught” over the loss of his family.

“This week I have suffered the most tragic loss that anyone could imagine”, he said.

“My wife Masoom was the most beautiful gentle person and my two beautiful sons were my pride and joy who had their whole lives to live for. Sadly this is now not to be. As anyone with children can imagine, I am finding the loss impossible to comprehend.

“During this most distressing and traumatic of times for myself and for both families I hope the public and media will leave us in peace to mourn our loss.”

Although detectives have confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths they are still trying to discover what drove 22-year-old Mrs Mumtahana to hang herself along with her children.

A POLICE investigation has begun after a woman and her two young sons were found dead in their Birmingham home.

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The family, who have not been named as yet, lived on Radnor Road, Handsworth.

The bodies were discovered at 2145 BST on Wednesday by a man who lived at the house.

The man, who is believed to be the dead woman’s husband and father to the two children, reportedly sought assistance from a neighbour in getting into the house when he returned home after work.

Police said they had taken the children’s father away for his own welfare but had not been arrested.

The scene remained sealed off on Thursday morning while forensic examinations took place. Post-mortem examinations were expected to take place later.

Reports in local newspaper, The Birmingham Mail, suggest the dead woman and her children were Asian.

 Det Chief Insp Gez Moore, from Thornhill Road police, said: “Two children and a woman were found hanged at the property in Radnor Road.

“Post-mortem examinations will be carried out in due course to determine the exact circumstances of the deaths.

“We are keeping an open mind at the moment but we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the inquiry.”

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