Woman jailed for murdering her sister - Luton

26/10/2017

A woman appeared at the Old Bailey today, Thursday, 26 October 2017, and was jailed for life, and is to serve a minimum of 22 years, for murdering her sister in Luton last May.

Sabah Khan, aged 26, was sentenced today after pleading guilty on 24 October 2017; the second day of her trial, to murdering her older sister Saima, aged 34.

The fatal stabbing took place in the family home in Overstone Road, Luton late evening on Monday, 23 May last year while Saima's four children slept upstairs.

Sabah Khan had been having an affair with Saima's husband for more than two years. The killing is believed to have been motivated by jealousy and was Sabah Khan's angry response to learning that Saima, her husband and their four children were moving out of the multi-occupancy house they shared.

On the night of the murder, Saima was lured back to the family home by Sabah Khan on the pretence that her baby was crying. On arrival she was viciously assaulted in the hallway with a knife. The rest of the family were at a relative's funeral at a local mosque.

Sabah Khan then called her father and the emergency services, claiming she was in the shower when a burglar broke in and attacked her sister. In fact, she had smashed the glass in the back door in order to stage a fake burglary and make her story more convincing.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Saima had died from multiple (68) stab wounds, including a fatal wound to her neck and defensive injuries to her hands and arms.

Investigations found that Sabah Khan had purchased the knife from a local Tesco Extra store just four days before the incident. She then concealed the knife with her blood stained clothing and rubber gloves, Saima's mobile phone and other items in a bin liner in her own bedroom.

In the days and weeks preceding the murder, Sabah Khan searched the internet for information about methods of causing death. The searches included how to poison someone, drugs overdoses and how to hire a killer. She took the latter one step further and recruited and paid for the services of a 'fixer,' apparently based in Pakistan, to have Saima killed. Frustrated that the 'fixer' had not materialised, and fearing that time was running out, Sabah decided to kill Saima herself and make it look like a burglary. She is clearly an extremely cold, callous and calculated woman.

Marina McGee, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Sabah Khan maintained her innocence, lied to family and friends and made 'no comment' during five hours of police interviews, but was linked to Saima's murder by forensic, DNA and CCTV evidence.

"We have worked closely with Bedfordshire Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, and owing to the strength of evidence against her, Sabah Khan pleaded guilty to murder.

"This case represents a tragedy for Saima's children, family and friends who have been devastated by her death. Our thoughts are with them all at this time."