Man jailed for life for murdering mother-in-law

|News, Violent crime

A 31-year-old man has today been handed a life sentence for the murder of his 46-year-old mother-in-law in Rochdale.

Muhammad Tafham stabbed and killed Rahman Begum, 46, at her home in Rochdale following a family dispute in February 2018.

The court heard that Tafham went to Mrs Begum’s home and stabbed her to death because he blamed her for helping his wife to return to her former boyfriend following the break-up of their marriage.

Following the attack, Taftham placed the murder weapon in his victim’s hand, unplugged the CCTV that covered the front of the house and fled the scene.

Jayne Sharp from the CPS said: “Muhammad Tafham admitted he had visited Rahman Begum’s home that morning but claimed she had taken her own life while he was in the living room.

“Tafham tried to evade justice by placing the weapon in her hand, disconnecting the CCTV, changing out of his bloodstained clothes and lying about what happened.

“However, the CPS presented expert pathology and forensic evidence to the jury which proved the stab wounds were not self-inflicted but that it was the defendant who had killed her.

“Tafham was angry when he found out his wife had left and took out his anger on his mother-in-law in a cowardly and brutal way.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Ms Begum.”

Notes to editors

  • Jayne Sharp is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS North West
  • Muhammad Tafham (d.o.b. 26/07/87) was charged and found guilty of one count of murder on 21 August following a trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 21 years.

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