"If something happens to me please take care of my kids"
Asim Hasan, aged 33, of London, was convicted of murdering his wife after he stabbed her 26 times.
He stabbed Ayesha Hasan after she refused to let him take another spouse.
On May 19, 2022, Hasan dialled 999 from his home in Burrard Road to say that he had stabbed his wife. Meanwhile, their two children were waiting to be taken to school.
Joel Smith, prosecuting, said: He said he was in the kitchen and the two children were in the house but unhurt.
“He veered between calmly reporting his conduct to police and screaming and crying.
“Police and an ambulance were sent to the scene and arrived 14 minutes later. What they found was shocking.
“Ayesha Hasan was lying unconscious in a pool of her own blood in the kitchen.
“She had plainly been stabbed not one but many, many times. Officers did their best to save her life, but their attempts were in vain and she died at the scene. She was only 32 years old.
“The defendant was immediately arrested with blood stains on his hands.
“All the while their young children were at the address waiting to be taken to school. The bloodstained kitchen knife this defendant used to kill his partner was found on the cooker by her body.
“It was a ferocious and really quite savage attack.”
At the scene, Hasan told police: “I’m guilty and you can charge me.”
Ten days before the murder, Ayesha predicted her death at the hands of her violent husband, sending a “desperate” WhatsApp message to friends.
It read: “If something happens to me please take care of my kids, don’t let Asim have them.
“I’m going to delete this after I sent it because he’ll start with me if he finds out.”
Ayesha said she did not want to call the police but wanted him out of the house because she did not feel safe.
The couple’s marriage deteriorated in 2022 as they argued about money, Hasan’s behaviour and his belief that his wife was cheating on him.
On May 10, 2022, Ayesha recorded a message where he accused her of cheating on him.
She picked up a knife, asked to be let out of the room and threatened to kill herself. When she said she would call the police Hasan replied:
Police were called that day no further action was taken as Ayesha appeared well.
Mr Smith said: “In something of a cruel twist of hypocrisy it would appear that Mr Hasan was in fact himself looking to conduct an extra-marital affair.
“On 1 May he contacted a lady on a Muslim dating website and tried to meet her.”
Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, Hasan said he had been working as a civil enforcement officer for a year prior to the attack.
He said: “Because of our arguments, I discussed with my wife that I wanted a second wife. I wanted two marriages.
“We were frequently arguing. Arguments would become physical arguments.
“I am a very calm person, I never really shouted.
“She was [physical]. She would just hit me with objects and anything she could find.
“She tried to take my life a couple of times – strangle me with wire, strangle me with her hands – but she didn’t let me die.”
Mr Smith added:
“The repeated nature of this savage attack is important, he didn’t stop when the victim was paralysed.”
“He carried on, and on, and on, when it must have been overwhelmingly obvious that his wife was suffering terribly at his hands.
“This was a man who wanted his relationship on his terms.
“A man who was unhappy about his wife’s suspected infidelity as he looked for his second wife. To control Ayesha. That is what he wanted.”
Hasan accepted he stabbed his wife but said he did not intend to harm her.
But the jury took just 91 minutes to convict him.
Judge Anthony Leonard told Hasan: “You have been convicted of murder. The sentence will be one of life imprisonment.”
The case was adjourned to allow the judge to decide how long Hasan should serve before he can be paroled.