“Birmingham Crown Court was told that Raja stabbed Ms Queiroz, who was eight months pregnant, after being forced to choose between his conservative Muslim mother’s faith and the ‘love of his life’.”
He could have just broken up with her. Instead, he tried to kill her. He stabbed her 24 times. He lives, of course, in a religious and social environment in which killing is the proper response to a perceived sullying of the family’s honor. He holds to a religion that mandates beating women from whom one disobedience, and killing for all manner of infractions. And so it comes to this, in the marvelous multicultural UK.
A man who tried to murder his pregnant girlfriend in a “horrifying” street attack has been jailed for 18 years.
Babur Karamat Raja, 41, repeatedly stabbed Natalie Queiroz in Sutton Coldfield town centre on 4 March.
A court heard the 40-year-old and her child were ultimately saved by the intervention of four passers-by.
Raja carried out the attack, his barrister said, because his mother “literally drove him mad” through her disapproval of the relationship.
‘Saved’ by breast implants
Birmingham Crown Court was told that Raja stabbed Ms Queiroz, who was eight months pregnant, after being forced to choose between his conservative Muslim mother’s faith and the “love of his life”.
The court heard that Ms Queiroz’s breast implants “were probably what saved her life” during the frenzied assault.
Prosecuting barrister Benjamin Aina QC also said that had Raja plunged his knife just 2mm further into the abdomen of his helpless victim “it would have killed the (unborn) baby”.
The court heard the child was born unharmed and was doing well.
Jane Humphryes QC said in mitigation that Raja’s family turmoil “tipped him over the edge”, leading to a temporary mental illness or “adjustment disorder”, leaving him with little memory of what he had done.
She said: “His mother had not been happy he was in a relationship with a white woman, and told him he must leave her or she would not be in contact.”
Ms Humphryes added: “This man of impeccable character is driven literally to distraction, forced by his own mother to choose between her and his chosen partner and their unborn baby.”
In a victim impact statement read to the court, Ms Queiroz said: “I am destroyed, I feel deceived and betrayed. I cry every single day.
She said there were “dark days”, adding: “I find it difficult not to be in constant fear.”…
With good reason.