A father who killed his wife after he set fire to his family home in a bid to stop his daughter marrying a man he disapproved of was found guilty of murder today.
Mohammed Riaz Inayat, 56, flew into a rage when his daughter, Kalsoom Bibi, told him she planned to move to Dubai to marry a policeman.
He said she had brought ‘dishonour on the family’ before pouring gallons of petrol over his family home and setting it alight.
On the night of April 17 Inayat killed his wife Naika and injured his three daughters in a blaze that took seconds to engulf the house.
Naika died of carbon monoxide poisoning and one of his daughters, 16-year-old Saimah, who jumped from a bedroom window, suffered 50 per cent burns.
He was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of murdering his wife and arson but was cleared of attempted murder of his three daughters.
During his trial the court heard how the father-of-six soaked seven parts of his home in petrol at about 5am as his family slept – only hours before Miss Bibi, 28, was set to fly to Dubai to marry the CID officer.
After initially telling police the fire was started by ‘a gang led by a white middle-aged woman’, he admitted one count of manslaughter.
Philip Bennett QC, prosecuting, told the court: ‘For this defendant a love marriage was not appropriate.
‘He was traditional in his beliefs that marriage should be arranged.’
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