Aras Hussein Gets Life in Prison


Guilty of Murdering Reema Ramzan

A 21-year-old man who violently attacked 18-year-old student Reema Ramzan in June last year has been found guilty of her murder at Sheffield Crown Court and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20-years.


Aras Hussein was found with a self-inflicted stab wound to his chest by a member of the public on Herries Road, Shirecliffe, on Tuesday, 4 June, just before 5pm.


When officers arrived at the scene, they searched Hussein’s property on Herries Road and found the body of Miss Ramzan.


She had suffered a fatal, frenzied knife attack at the hands of Hussein before he proceeded to barbarically sever her head.

Hussein was taken to hospital for his injuries and later charged with the murder of Miss Ramzan, appearing at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 18 June, where he was remanded.


The mental health of Hussein has been an ongoing factor in the case following his transfer from prison to Rampton Secure Hospital in North Nottinghamshire in July.


He was deemed fit to stand trial at a court hearing on Monday, 17 March and a jury have today found him guilty of murder. He has been sentenced to life in prison and will spend a minimum term of 20-years behind bars.


Miss Ramzan’s family have asked the media to please respect their privacy and to allow them to grieve. They have provided the following statement: “Since the death of Reema, nothing is the same anymore. We miss her every single day and not a moment goes by that we do not think of her.


“Words cannot describe the pain we feel not having her here. Reema was not just a beautiful girl to look at, she was a beautiful girl inside; so kind and helpful, she was always smiling and we loved her so much. We couldn’t have wished for a more loving and caring daughter and sister.


 “As a family we are absolutely devastated and still cannot believe this has happened. We don’t think we will ever be able to get over losing Reema and we just wish we could have her back, just one more time, to hold her and be able to say goodbye.


 “We are devastated by what has happened, Reema was such a special person in our lives’ and the hole that has now been left in our hearts’ will never be filled.”


 “We would like to thank everyone for their support and the kind words and messages people have offered us; it means so much and we know Reema would have been touched by knowing everyone loved her and thought so much about her.”

Detective Superintendent Phil Etheridge investigating said: “This is an incredibly sad and heartbreaking case and my deepest sympathies are with Reema’s family and friends.


“Reema was a kind and considerate young woman who had a bright and promising future to look forward to. Regrettably, her life was taken far too soon and in such tragic circumstances.


“This has been a difficult investigation however I am satisfied with the verdict today and I hope it provides some form of closure for Reema’s family.”


Sheffield City College, where Miss Ramzan studied, have also provided a statement: Julie Byrne, Principal of Sheffield City College, said: “We want to, once again, offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Reema’s family and friends. Students and staff are extremely shocked and saddened by Reema’s death. The loss of her life at such a young age, and in such horrific circumstances, is an absolute tragedy.


“We will remember Reema for the inspiring young woman that she was – the sparkle in the class. Reema was completing a full-time health and social care course with us. An outstanding student, she was extremely dedicated and achieved distinction grades across the board.  Reema was very highly thought of by staff and students alike. She was a kind and considerate young woman who always walked into class wearing a huge smile.


“Reema was generous with her time and happy to help her fellow class mates who approached her for guidance with their studies. She thrived on discussions on health and social care topics. She always received fantastic feedback on any activity she undertook. Reema had just completed a two-week work placement prior to her death, where she was described as reliable and hard working.


“Reema was determined to go to university. Her final grade would have secured her a place at university where, we firmly believe, she would have continued to shine. Reema passed her Health and Social Care Level 3 Diploma course with a distinction* – the highest possible grade. We have passed the certificate onto her family. A tree will be planted in the college grounds in memory of Reema.”


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