Six members of family convicted following death of teenager - Watford

17/12/2015

Six members of the same family have today, Thursday, 17 December 2015, been found guilty of offences following the death of 19-year-old Shahena Uddin in Watford last October.

Following a ten week trial, a jury at St Albans Crown Court returned guilty verdicts as follows:

  • Salma Begum, aged 33, of Middle Ope, Watford (Shahena's sister-in-law) was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Suhail Uddin, aged 35, of Leavesden Road, Watford (Shahena's brother and husband of Salma Begum) was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.  He was found not guilty of murder and an alternative count of manslaughter.
  • Rehena Uddin, aged 22, of Middle Ope, Watford (Shahena's sister) was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Jhuhal Uddin, aged 33, of Grove Road, Watford (Shahena's brother) was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Tohel Uddin, aged 24, of Middle Ope, Watford (Shaehena's brother) was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
  • Jewel Uddin, aged 27, of Middle Ope, Watford (Shahena's brother) was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

All six defendants will be sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, 21 December 2015.

At the end of the prosecution case, Mr Justice Spencer ruled that Laila Begum, aged 25, who is the wife of Jhuhal Uddin, and who had been on trial with the others, had no case to answer on charges of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.