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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Husband battered his sleeping wife to death with a hammer after reading text she sent another man

A ‘possessive and controlling’ husband battered his sleeping wife to death with a hammer, hitting her 10 times after he found a text message she had sent to another man..
Danish Irfan, 22, hit his wife Ridda Zanabs skull so hard that fragments of bone were forced into her brain, killing her within minutes.The sustained attack, which involved at least 10 blows as his wife lay sleeping under a duvet, was sparked by the discovery of a text message she had sent to a man named Rob, which read: ‘I luv yu, mwahhh, gud nyt.’
The 21-year-old victim had only given birth to the couple’s daughter two months before her death.
After the killing at their home in Bradford, West Yorkshire ,Irfan changed his blood-stained clothing and took their baby in a taxi to where her mother and sister lived nearby.He told a series of lies to his wifes family saying that the deceased had ‘kicked off’ and left their home.
Irfan said he needed to leave the baby with them because he had to go to work, but instead he travelled to Manchester Airport where he unsuccessfully tried to get himself deported back to Pakistan as his student visa had expired.
He made his way to London where he eventually obtained a false passport and used it to fly to Islamabad from Heathrow AirportHowever, he told a friend that he had killed his wife before he left the country and when police broke down the door to their home ,they found Ms Zanabs body.
‘According to her family Danish became more possessive and controlling and did not like Ridda seeing her friends and family,”Danish objected to the idea of Ridda going to work or wearing western clothes. He also became more jealous.’After the birth of their daughter in September last year, Irfan became more jealous and it was suggested he was tracking her on his iPhone.
By late October Ms Zanab had come to the conclusion she was no longer going to be a loyal wife and in the days leading up to her death developed a relationship with another man.She was spending a lot of time with a close friend known as Rob.
The court heard that Ms Zanab had told Irfan their relationship was over and would stay out until the early hours of the morning.On the day she was killed, Ms Zanab came home at 4.42am. She had sent the text message to Rob shortly after midnight.
Mr Sharp said some time that morning, Irfan read it.’The defendant came into the bedroom, he was holding a hammer. He repeatedly struck her to the head, swinging at least ten hard blows down on her skull,’
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