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Woman who murdered her sister jailed


A woman who murdered her sister in a jealous rage and then tried to stage a burglary has been jailed for life.

Sabah Khan, 26, was sentenced to a life term with a minimum of 22 years at the Old Bailey today (26 October) after admitting on 24 October to murdering her older sister Saima.

The fatal stabbing took place in the family home in Luton on 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 in response to learning that he, Saima and their four children were moving out of the multi-occupancy house they shared.

On the night of the murder, Saima, 34, was lured back to the family home by her younger sister on the pretence that her baby was crying. On arriving she was assaulted with a knife in the hallway.

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. She had smashed the glass in the back door in order to make her story more convincing.

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

Investigations found that Sabah Khan had purchased the knife from a local Tesco Extra store shortly before the incident and searched the internet for information about how to kill someone.

Marina McGee, of the 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, Sabah Khan has now pleaded guilty.

"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."


Notes to Editors

  1. Saba Khan pleaded guilty to one count of murder
  2. Marina McGee is Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern
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