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Wife jailed over rap band killing

Faria Khan
Faria Khan must serve at least 20 years in prison

A woman who paid members of a rap band to attack her husband before killing him by running him over in a 4x4 vehicle has been jailed for life.

Faria Khan, 29, who was earlier found guilty of murder, paid members of the band Dem Boyz 200 to kidnap and kill 30-year-old Nawajid Khan in Sheffield.

The city's crown court heard that when Mr Khan fought back, the mother-of-two decided to run him over with the car.

She was told she must serve a minimum of 20 years in prison.

The court heard Khan, of Pitsmoor, Sheffield, had engaged a group of "posturing would-be gangsters" to kidnap and murder her estranged husband as he walked to a takeaway in the city, where her husband worked as a chef.

But when he and his friend put up a fierce defence when they were attacked by the gang, she decided to run him over.

You fought this case all the way and lied throughout
Judge Michael Murphy, addressing Khan

Mr Khan died of multiple injuries outside Milan's pizza shop in Chesterfield Road on 27 January 2008.

Three other people, who had earlier been found guilty of Mr Khan's murder, were also jailed.

Gang members Brian Yorachi, 20, and Kanu Kangi, 21, both of Fir Vale, were sentenced to life, with a minimum term of 17 years each.

Neelam Kauser, 18, of Tinsley, who introduced Khan to the rappers, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Two other members of Dem Boyz, Daniel Moore, 23, of Upperthorpe, and Abdiquadar Mohammed, 18, of Gleadless Valley, were earlier found guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to kidnap.

Nawajid Ali Khan
Mr Khan died from multiple injuries

Moore was jailed for eight years and Mohammed was sentenced to seven years in a young offenders' institution.

Khan claimed she had been subjected to violent abuse by her husband but Judge Michael Murphy said: "You fought this case all the way and lied throughout."

He said she killed her husband because she could not cope with the "financial and social consequences" of the couple's impending divorce.

The judge added: "You recruited a group of posturing would-be gangsters who were prepared, for some little payment and more probably for their own self-image as hard men, to do what you wanted them to do."

He said among the items found in the car for use in the intended kidnap plot were two axes and a knife.

The judge said Yorachi portrayed himself as a violent rap artist who could "arrange acts of violence to order" and told him he had taken part in order to boost his "tawdry credibility and glory amongst your fellow would-be hoodlums".


A judge has ordered Faria Khan to serve a minimum of 20 years in prison

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