Husband sentenced to over 16 years for killing his wife on Christmas Day

|News, Violent crime

A man who pleaded guilty to murdering his teenage wife on Christmas Day last year has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 16 years and 82 days in prison.

Mohammed Qoraishi had married 19-year-old Parwin just four months before he brutally attacked her in their Maidstone home. The court heard how he had struck the back of her head with a frying pan, before strangling her and stabbing her a total of 38 times.

Qoraishi was found by police later that day in his car heading for Dover from where it is believed he intended to leave the country, not realising the port was closed on Christmas Day.

Katie Samways, from the CPS, said: “This was a ferocious and sustained attack on a young woman in her own home by the man she had only married a few months earlier.

“Not only was she stabbed repeatedly with severe force, but she was also hit over the head and strangled, leaving the prosecution in no doubt that the defendant fully intended to kill her.  

“Even after carrying out the killing, Qoraishi remained calm, visiting a relative and telling him he was fine, despite the fact he had murdered his wife just a short time earlier.

“Due to the exceptionally strong case against him, which also included evidence of his bloody footprints in the house, accounts from witnesses and the fact there was no sign of forced entry, Qoraishi was left with no option but to plead guilty to his wife’s murder.”

Notes to editors

  • Mohammed Qoraishi [DOB: 10/10/1991] pleaded guilty to murder at a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on 29 April 2019 and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 16 years and 82 days
  • Katie Samways is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS South East.

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