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Naila Mumtaz Murder: Family Get Life Sentences
Four family members have been jailed for life for killing a pregnant 21-year-old relative they said was possessed by an evil spirit.
Naila Mumtaz, originally from Pakistan, died at her home in Birmingham's Handsworth Wood district in July 2009. She was six months pregnant.
Her husband Mohammed Tauseef Mumtaz, 25, his mother and father, Salma Aslam and Zia Ul Haq, both aged 51, and his brother-in-law, Hammad Hussan, 24, were found guilty of murder after a three-month trial at the city's crown court in July this year
Jurors heard Mumtaz smothered his wife with the help of the other three.
Christopher Hotten QC, prosecuting, said they believed Mrs Mumtaz - who moved to the UK in 2008 after an arranged marriage in Pakistan - was "possessed" by evil spirits known as "jinn".
The court heard Mumtaz claimed his wife's death was "like a suicide".
He said she tried to suffocate herself by putting her hand in her mouth and tried to strangle herself.
Judge Mr Justice Keith, sitting at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, told Mumtaz he would serve a minimum of 13 years behind bars for the killing.
His parents were given minimum terms of 15 years each, while Hussan was also imprisoned for at least 13 years.
Mrs Mumtaz's family said in a statement afterwards: "Naila was a happy, confident, beautiful woman.
"She came to Britain to be with her husband. We entrusted our most treasured beloved only daughter to him and his family."
Detective Inspector Simon Astle, who investigated the murder, said: "This was a tragic and deeply upsetting case, where a young woman had her life so horrifically ended by those she loved and trusted.
"Naila was a pretty, outgoing young woman who was soon to become a mother for the first time. It is unthinkable that those who she was closest to would take her life in the belief that she had been possessed by evil spirits.
"Naila should now be enjoying the joys of motherhood and family life but instead her family back in Pakistan continue to mourn her death, still shocked and unbelieving that the family she entered into caused her death."