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Man convicted of murdering sister
Samaira Nazir
Samaira Nazir had pleaded to be allowed to marry Mr Mohammed
A man has been found guilty of murdering his sister after she fell in love with an asylum seeker.

Greengrocer Azhar Nazir, 30, was convicted of murdering Samaira, 25, at the family's home in Southall, west London, in April 2005.

She was stabbed 18 times after asking to be allowed to marry an Afghan man - instead of marrying someone in the Pakistani family circle.

A 17-year-old has also been convicted of her murder.

Prosecutor Sally Howes QC told the trial Samaira fell in love with Salman Mohammed, who arrived in the UK in 2000 and befriended the family after making his way to their shop in Southall Broadway.

The two kept their relationship a secret, but things came to a head when Miss Nazir asked permission to marry Mr Mohammed, the court heard.

Her brother reacted angrily to the news and thought Mr Mohammed was only after the family money, Miss Howes said.

'We can get you'

He told Mr Mohammed on the phone : "We can get you anywhere if you get married, even if you are not in this country."

On the day of her death, the couple had tried to talk to Miss Nazir's mother about the problem at a relative's home - but she refused.

Miss Nazir went to the family home and neighbours heard cries for help.

One was so worried she knocked on the door. Nazir answered it and said his sister was having fits.

She was murdered in her own home where she bled to death following a horrific attack
Sally Howes QC, prosecuting

But as the neighbour returned home she heard Miss Nazir shout: "You are not my mother any more" and "help me, help me".

The front door opened again, but only a bloody left arm was visible as Miss Nazir appeared to be pulled back into the house by her hair.

As Nazir was led out of the house by a police officer, he said: "There had been a problem with my sister.

"She does not wish to have an arranged marriage. We only allow marriage within the family.

'Acted together'

"My sister wanted to run away from the house and was stopped."

Nazir later tried to blame the 17-year-old for the killing, the court heard.

Miss Howes told the court: "She was murdered in her own home where she bled to death following a horrific attack during which she was beaten and had multiple stab wounds.

"The defendants acted together by stabbing Samaira and holding on to her to prevent her escaping."

Both will be sentenced on 14 July.


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