Mohammed Zaman convicted of domestic murder

09/06/2015

A Leicester man has been convicted of the murder of his wife and sentenced to life in prison.

Mohammed Zaman killed his wife Sameena after months of planning. He initially pleaded not guilty, and ended a trial at Leicester Crown Court by pleading guilty.

Sameena moved to Leicester from Pakistan in an arranged marriage to Zaman. She did not know anyone here, but set about making the most of her new life, teaching herself English and working hard to pursue a career in nursing. Zaman, by contrast, lived on benefits and sought only to control Sameena.

Elizabeth Collins, Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands said: "This was a planned, cold-blooded murder. Sameena Zaman wanted nothing more than to make something of her life and was willing to work hard to achieve her goals in a new life in a new country. Rather than support her, Mohammed Zaman exerted control over her.

"Ultimately, her desire to make something of herself was too much for him and he planned to kill her. He conducted over a hundred internet searches about how to kill, what prison would be like and what weapons he could use, eventually attacking her in their home with an axe and a knife.

"His defence in court was that he had momentarily lost control, so pleaded not guilty and took the case to trial. After the entire prosecution case had been heard and Zaman had given evidence and been cross-examined in court, the Judge ruled that he could not use the defence of momentary loss of control. Without a defence in law, he had no option to plead guilty to murder.

"Zaman had gone to considerable lengths to plan this barbaric act. He used two weapons, an axe and a knife, he subjected Sameena to a sustained and terrifying attack and coldly took advantage of her vulnerability. As her husband, he was the one person she should have been able to look to for protection, but tragically she died at his hands.

"Although Mohammed Zaman tried to protest his innocence, he had nowhere to hide. There is no place in our society for this kind of controlling behaviour and remorseless violence. It is a tragedy that the life of such a bright, enthusiastic woman has been ended so cruelly. My thoughts are with her family and friends. I hope that seeing Zaman brought to justice will be of some comfort to them."

Zaman was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum tariff of 22 years.