Abused wife jailed for killing husband

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A WOMAN who stabbed her husband to death has been sentenced to four years in jail.

33-year-old Rina Begum accused her husband, Anhar Miah, of making her life hell saying she feared for her life.

The Old Bailey heard Begum, a mother-of-five, attacked her husband last April with a kitchen knife, rolling pin and hammer leaving with more than 100 injuries, including 70 slash wounds.

She was sentenced to four years by the jury on the grounds of manslaughter by reason of provocation but will serve only 15 months.

The Old Bailey was told 37-year-old Anhar Miah husband kept Begum and her children in conditions akin to “slum squalor”.

When police visited the couple’s flat they found it littered with dead mice and a repulsive stench.

Michael Worsley QC, prosecuting, told jurors after the “frenzied, sustained, ferocious assault” Begum denied knowing anything about her husbands murder.

But she later said she was suffering from mental and physical abuse and feared for her life.

Judge Richard Hone told her that under new sentencing guidelines he would pass the shortest jail term that “matched the seriousness of the offence”.

He said: “I accept that over a number of years the relationship with your husband had been deeply unhappy and indeed from time to time frightening.

“I am wholly satisfied that you did feel degraded and lost self-esteem.”

The judge added: “It exemplified the degree of loss of control and the build-up of the provocation which led to this explosive violence.”

“But you must appreciate the harm and damage you have done to your five children and also to the family of Anhar.”

 

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