Sunday, February 08, 2015
Multicultural husband stabbed wife to death with Bowie knife in 'frenzied' attack as she lay in bed - just a month after he was freed early from jail
A husband brutally murdered his wife by stabbing her more than 40 times with a Bowie knife as she lay defenceless in bed, a court heard.
Mazhar Hussain Nawab killed Anayat Bibi in a 'horrific' attack - just weeks after he was released from a six year prison sentence for firing a gun into a room of terrified wedding guests.
Sheffield Crown Court heard the 43-year-old had flown into a frenzy after the pair argued and he murdered Mrs Bibi, his wife of 22 years and mother of his children at their home in Firth Park, Sheffield, last August 10.
Mrs Bibi was later discovered in a pool of blood in their marital bed covered by a duvet.
Imposing a mandatory life sentence, of which Nawab must serve a minimum of 18 years, Judge Michael Murphy QC said: 'This wasn't simply a frenzied attack with an intention to kill, but a sustained attack which continued even after the deceased could have put up no more resistance.
'It wasn't a kitchen knife you picked up. This was a dreadful weapon and you used that weapon to murderous effect.
'A woman is entitled to feel secure and safe in her own home and she was clearly very vulnerable lying in a situation in which she couldn't defend herself. She had stab wounds to her head, neck, face chest and arms.
'The sheer ferocity and savagery shows a level of quite horrific violence on this lady, in my judgement.'
During the hearing it emerged Nawab was jailed for six years in 2012 after he fired a gun into a room full of terrified wedding guests at a Sheffield hotel.
Shocked guests cowered beneath tables as Nawab fired the pistol three times at the Sheffield Park Hotel, Meadowhead, in March 2011. One bullet hit the ceiling, while two shot across the room,
But he was released on licence last July - just a month before he murdered his wife.
Prosector Jonathan Sharp said Nawab and Mrs Bibi were from Pakistan where they had had an arranged marriage in 1992. They moved to the UK in 1994 but the marriage was not a happy one in its latter stages and there was evidence Nawab had looked at dating sites on a laptop computer recovered from the house.
Mrs Bibi moved out of the marital home and lived in Milton Keynes for a time before returning to her husband.
On the day of the killing the emergency services were called by Nawab, who told the operator his wife had stabbed him and he had stabbed her back.
He pleaded guilty to murdering her on the basis she came at him with the knife but his account was rejected by the judge.
Mr Sharp said Mrs Bibi suffered more than 40 injuries and had been stabbed through the duvet.
They included one to her neck which cut her carotid artery and jugular vein, another to her nose cut her septum, a 6cm wound penetrated her spine, while other stab wounds cut into her ribs, lung and liver. Mr Sharp said one injury was inflicted after her cardiovascular system had collapsed.
He said Mrs Bibi's family were devastated by the death of a loving mother, daughter and sister and still had unanswered questions about what had happened. Nawaz refused to answer police questions or give evidence in court.
Mr Sharp said Mrs Bibi 'cared passionately for the happiness of others' and was 'someone to who other members of the family could turn.' He said she had a lot to look forward to in life, including seeing her sons 'bloom into adulthood'.
Her family had expected her as a woman in an arranged marriage, to be protected by her husband. Mr Sharp added: 'They wonder how something so terrible could happen to someone so kind.'
Speaking after the hearing, Det Chf Insp Sean Middleton, who led the investigation, said: 'It was a sustained and vicious attack on a woman lying in her bed who was entitled to security and protection.
'It was a frenzied assault and he is clearly a dangerous man - that is reflected in the length of the sentence.'
Beware the ideology of Islamism
The latest spate of radical Islamist terrorist attacks on schools, cafes, offices and other 'soft targets' has again ignited debate about Islam's compatibility with liberal democracy.
Some commentators have taken this brutal violence as further evidence that 'there is a problem with Islam' and that it is time to discuss 'Islam's place in the West,' while others have warned against the dangers of 'Islamophobia' and insisted that Islam is a 'religion of peace.'
Rather than engaging in a divisive debate about the meaning of modern Islam, attention should instead be turned to the real and present danger posed by the ideology of Islamism.
Whether the Islamic faith is liberal or illiberal depends on the attitudes of its adherents. However, a political ideology aimed at imposing an 'Islamic order'--Islamism--is by its very nature at odds with liberal democratic values.
In Muslim-majority countries from Indonesia to Morocco, Islamists advocate policies that severely restrict individual liberty. These groups oppose the freedom of women to dress as they see fit, the freedom of sexual minorities to choose their own partners, and the freedom of Muslims to renounce Islam.
As demonstrated by examples like Tunisia's Ennahda party--which last year peacefully accepted electoral defeat--Islamist political parties sometimes respectfully play by the rules of parliamentary democracy. But the Islamist's overarching project of remodelling political, social and economic life in accordance with apparently Islamic principles still threatens the liberty of those who do not share their particular brand of religious fundamentalism.
Although many Islamist political parties have renounced terrorist tactics as a means of advancing their cause, the expanding ranks of numerous violent Islamist movements make plain that the ideology of Islamism also imperils peace and security.
Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq rival the fighting power of the conventional militaries of the Syrian and Iraqi states and will continue to perpetrate and inspire terrorist attacks around the globe.
The combination of the rise of IS and the legions of Islamist fighters already active in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Mali, Nigeria and elsewhere suggests that there are at least hundreds of thousands of Islamist militants worldwide.
This all too common combination Islamist ideology and a willingness to employ violent tactics in its name makes contemporary Islamism a threat to not just liberty but also life itself.
The Pope says it is fine for parents to smack their children if they are misbehaving
The Pope said parents should punish their children, 'do the right thing, and then move on,' as he acted out the movement of smacking a child on the bottom.
The pontiff made the remarks in front of a large crowd during his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday.
Addressing the crowd, Pope Francis recalled a conversation he had had with a father who had admitted to him that he would sometimes hit his children as punishment.
'One time, I heard a father say, "At times I have to hit my children a bit, but never in the face so as not to humiliate them".,' the Pope said according to the Telegraph.
'That's great. He had a sense of dignity. He should punish, do the right thing, and then move on.'
Six-month old boy is found dead with head injuries - and social workers 'knew his immigrant mother was a killer'
A six-month-old baby boy died after Haringey social workers decided he was not at risk despite knowing his mother was a murderer.
Police arrested a 30-year-old woman, believed to be the boy's mother, and a man, 26, thought to be her partner, after the boy was found with head injuries two weeks ago.
Haringey Council admitted the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was not placed on the 'at risk' register by child services, despite being informed the mother's dark past by police and hospital staff.
Haringey child protection officers were told of the mother's past conviction, but decided not to put her son on the 'at risk' register before he died of head injuries
The woman, who also cannot be identified, was jailed for 12 years in her home country after a man was stabbed during a burglary gone wrong.
She was released on licence after nine years but fled to the UK where she was fitted with an electronic tag during extradition proceedings which are still ongoing, reports The Sun.
The baby was taken to North Middlesex Hospital on January 23 after being found unresponsive at a home in Tottenham, part of Haringey, North London. He died three days later after being transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital, in central London.
Police made two arrests on Sunday 25, and are thought to be investigating the possibility that he was shaken to death.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: 'A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as head injury. Enquires into the circumstances of the death are ongoing. 'A 26-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were arrested on Sunday, January 25, on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and taken to separate London police stations.'
A Haringey spokesman added: 'We are aware of the recent death of a child in Haringey. 'The council is working with the police to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident. 'The independently-chaired Local Safeguarding Children Board will consider commissioning a review to look at the role of all agencies involved.'
An inquest at Barnet Coroner's Court was adjourned yesterday.
The Haringey track record
Baby P, later identified as Peter Connelly, died in 2007 at 17 months old after suffering more than 50 injuries while on Haringey's at risk register.
Peter's mother Tracey Connelly, her boyfriend Steven Barker, and his brother Jason Owen were all guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child.
Haringey Social Services had already come in for criticism in 2000 after eight-year-old Victoria Climbie died after months of beatings and neglect.
A report into her death found she was known to two further housing authorities, four social services departments, two child protection teams, a specialist centre managed by the NSPCC, and was admitted to two different hospitals because of suspected deliberate harm.
The Haringey Local Safeguarding Children Board also found several agencies had failed four-year-old Child T, who was found with more than 50 bruises to his body inflicted my his parents and taken into care in 2011.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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