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Monday, 18 February, 2002, 19:39 GMT
Father jailed over daughter's murder
Faqir Mohammed guilty of a
Faqir Mohammed guilty of a "dreadful crime"
A devout Muslim who murdered his 24-year-old daughter after discovering her "secret" boyfriend has been jailed for life.

Faqir Mohammed, 69, flew into a rage when he came home from evening prayer in June last year to find his daughter, Shahida Perveen Mohammed, with a boyfriend in her bedroom.

Manchester Crown Court heard Mohammed stabbed Shahida 19 times in the head and stomach.

Sentencing him, Mr Justice Field described it as a "dreadful crime" and only a sentence of life imprisonment was appropriate.

This family has suffered terribly - a father is beginning a prison sentence and a sister and daughter is dead

Inspector Steve Hassall

Mohammed, was described in court as a "strict Muslim", and the defence tried to argue he had been provoked into murdering his daughter.

The court heard Mohammed returned to his home in Swinton Grove, Longsight, Manchester on 28 June 2001.

Tipped off on her mobile phone by her sister, Shahida immediately came downstairs, locking her bedroom door behind her.

But unknown to her, her father had a spare key to her room and found student Bilal Amin lying, fully clothed, on Shahida's bed.

When Mr Amin escaped by jumping out of an upstairs window, Mohammed grabbed his daughter in a headlock and repeatedly stabbed her in the head and stomach.

Multiple wounds

During the trial, the jury was told how Shahida's younger sister, Majida, was in the kitchen with Shahida when she heard heavy footsteps racing around the upstairs bedrooms.

As Shahida went to the bottom of the stairs to find out what the commotion was, Majida saw her elderly father race downstairs and grab her sister in a headlock.

"When she went into the hallway, I heard her say 'Dad, what's wrong? Dad, what are you doing?"' Majida told the court.

Shahida then started screaming and Majida told the jury how she saw her father plunging a knife into her sister's stomach.

When police arrived, they found Shahida collapsed with multiple stab wounds.

Emotional case

She later died at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Mohammed was arrested and subsequently charged with his daughter's murder.

The court was told Mohammed thought each of his daughters should go back to Pakistan for arranged marriages.

Outside court today, Inspector Steve Hassall said: "This has been an extremely difficult and emotional case for the police to deal with.

"This family has suffered terribly - a father is beginning a prison sentence and a sister and daughter is dead. Our sympathies lie with Shahida's family and friends."

Mohammed had denied murdering his daughter.

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