Husband jailed for Life for Killing Wife in front of Children

Parvez Akhtar appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where he was jailed for killing wife, Shaheen Akhtar, using a combat knife, in front of his children.

Husband jailed for Life for Killing Wife in front of Children

The 49-year-old women was pronounced dead at the scene

A 46-year-old man who confessed to killing wife, Shaheen Akhtar, using a combat-style knife, at their family home in Birmingham has been jailed for life.

On the 15th October 2017, Parvez Akhtar, arrived at his home address in Wright Road, Washwood Heath, late afternoon, following a gambling and alcohol binge.

The mum-of-five confronted her husband over his horrendous behaviour and asked him to leave. However, an argument erupted between the couple and without warning, Parvaz pulled out a knife from his trousers and stabbed her in the chest, in front of his children.

Police and Paramedics arrived at the scene, while other family members attempted to perform CPR, however, the 49-year-old women was pronounced dead at the scene.

Parvez Akhtar fled from the scene and was later spotted driving around in a red Ford Focus, 15 minutes after the incident occurred. He was arrested by police officers.

Forensics examined his clothing and his shoes revealed droplets of blood, that returned a DNA match to his wife.

Parvez appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday 1st March 2018. Although he had previously denied intending to kill his partner, Mr Akhtar admitted to murder and was sentenced to life in jail, where he will serve a minimum of 20 years before he is considered for release.

According to West Midlands Police:

Detective Inspector Paul Joyce from West Midlands Police’s Homicide Team, said: “Mrs Akhtar confronted her husband when he returned home at around 4pm having been out all night drinking.

“An argument erupted, and he refused to leave. Without warning, and in front of his children, he stabbed Mrs Akhtar in the left side of her chest.”

The Detective Inspector added:

“He drove off but was caught within a matter of minutes and will now spend a very long time behind bars for this horrendous attack.”

The West Midlands Police later learned that Parvez, frequently carried a combat knife around, for his own protection.

Police officers believe that this case is a stark warning of the catastrophic consequences of carrying knives in public.

West Midlands Police said:

“If anyone suspects someone of carrying a knife ? sometimes in the misguided belief it’s for their own protection ? I would urge them to call us or Crimestoppers anonymously so we can take action and protect the public.”

A tribute was published on behalf of the family, which read: “Our amazing, caring, beloved mother passed away on the 15th October 2017.

“We hope she is in a better place, looking down on us and nodding her head in approval. We want to tell her and the world, she will always be in our hearts.”

Mehrunnisa is a politics and media graduate. She loves to be creative and unique. She is always open to learning new things. Her motto is: "Chase the dream, not the competition."

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