A man who murdered his pregnant wife has been jailed for life, along with three other family members.
Mohammed Mumtaz, 25, from Birmingham, had claimed Naila Mumtaz, 21, tried to strangle herself at home in 2009.
Mumtaz, his parents Zia Ul-Haq and Salma Aslam, both 51, and brother-in-law Hammad Hassan, 24, were all found guilty after a trial earlier this year.
Birmingham Crown Court heard Mrs Mumtaz’s in-laws thought she was possessed by evil spirits.
The trial heard evidence that Mrs Mumtaz was killed during attempts to render her unconscious as family members attempted to drive out a harmful “djinn” spirit.
Tip: Tim Farley Whatstheharm.net
Death from ancient superstition. It still is here in the 21st century.
This harrowing story of a 6-months pregnant woman, in an arranged marriage, outside of her native land and separated from her family, was tragic. Was she ill? Severely stressed? What is the rest of the story we don’t know? We won’t know.