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Man guilty of girl's fire death
Alisha Begum
Alisha died the day after the fire
A teenager has been found guilty of killing a six-year-old girl who died in a fire at her home in Birmingham.

Alisha Begum died after Daryll Tuzzio, 18, started the blaze in an "honour" killing plot against her family.

Tuzzio, of Sandringham Road, Perry Barr, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter and arson.

Hussain Ahmed, 26, of Harborne, said to have planned the fire in March because of a relationship his sister was having with Alisha's brother, was acquitted.

A two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard that Alisha's brother Abdul Hamid, 21, had begun a relationship with 15-year-old Meherun Khanum, who is Mr Ahmed's sister.

There are no winners here
Det Sgt Stuart Kidd

Prosecutors claimed that Mr Ahmed, who was friends with Tuzzio, had orchestrated the attack because he disapproved of the relationship.

Det Sgt Stuart Kidd, of West Midlands Police, said after the conviction: "Much has been said and made of so called honour in the circumstances surrounding this case.

"Any right thinking person will find no honour in what has occurred - only grief, tragedy and shame. There are no winners here."

Daryll Tuzzio
Daryll Tuzzio sprayed petrol in the hall and struck a match

Mr Ahmed's brother Mohammed Foaz Ahmed and a close friend Jabed Ali, who are thought to have fled to Bangladesh, are still being hunted by police in connection with the arson attack.

Abdul Mumin, Alisha's brother, said the girl had died "a horrible death she didn't deserve".

"Alisha was six years old and was a nice young cheerful bubbly girl.

"She had her whole life ahead of her. She was always smiling and making us laugh.

"We have been totally devastated by her death and traumatised by what has happened."

They and their friends set about trying to kill us
Abdul Mumin, Alisha's brother

He said the relationship between Abdul Hamid and Meherun Khanum had consisted of a few phone calls and a couple of meetings in public places.

"These people have chosen not to speak to us about the problem they had with the relationship.

"Instead they and their friends set about trying to kill us and all they succeeded in doing was killing our younger sister."

The property in Bayswater Road
Begum family members had to jump from a window to safety

Shortly before midnight on 9 March a masked figure burst through the front door of the Begum home and sprayed petrol in the hallway before lighting a match, the trial heard.

The flames spread upstairs and family members had to jump from an upstairs window to safety.

Alisha, who was in her bunk bed, was found by firefighters and died in hospital the following day.

Tuzzio and Mr Ahmed had denied murder and nine counts of attempted murder.

As Tuzzio was convicted his mother, who had claimed he was with her on the night of the fire, exclaimed in court: "Please God no, you have got it wrong, please God."


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