Four men were convicted today of murdering a couple in a bungled honour killing arson attack.
Abdullah Mohammed, 41, and his wife, Aysha Mohammed, 39, were overcome by smoke and fumes after petrol was poured through their letterbox and set alight.
Hisamuddin Ibrahim, 21, wanted to punish a man who was having an affair with his married sister and ordered three men to cause a blaze at his terraced home in the early hours while he was asleep.
But the wrong address was targeted as the blaze was started at the home of the Mohammeds in 175 London Road in Blackburn, Lancashire – instead of the intended address of 135 London Road.
A jury at Preston Crown Court took just 90 minutes following a six-week trial to convict Ibrahim, Habib Iqbal, Sadek Miah and Mohammed Miah (no relation) of their murders.
London Underground systems operator Ibrahim was said to be enraged when he discovered his sister, Hafija Gorji, 22, was committing adultery with a man called Mo Ibrahim (no relation) she met at a wedding in Manchester.
She was married to a cousin from India, while her sister was married to her husband’s brother.
A month before the fire, Hafija’s lover lied as he swore on the Koran in front of her relatives that the pair were just good friends. […]
Ibrahim, 21, of Shelley Avenue, Manor Park, east London; Mohammed Miah, 19, of Pelly Road, Plaistow, east London; Sadek Miah, 23, of Byng Street, Tower Hamlets, east London and Iqbal, 25, of Strone Road, Manor Park, all denied murder. […]
Trial judge Mr Justice Henriques thanked the juors for their concentration on a “demanding case” in which they encountered a “spectacular number of lies”. […]
“I have nothing but contempt for those responsible as even faced against compelling evidence they still attempted to hoodwink the jury by telling a tissue of lies, time after time. Thankfully, they saw through their pathetic attempts. […]
“Since that night they have all tried to evade justice by lying about their involvement, claiming that they only played a minor part in the events or blaming each other.
“The jury has seen through those lies and evasions and delivered guilty verdicts for murder today and I am pleased that justice has been done for Mr and Mrs Mohammed and their family….”