British botched honour killing gang jailed

3rd August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Four men were jailed for life in Britain on Tuesday for the murder of a couple in a bungled Muslim "honour killing" arson attack.

The four, all from London, had intended to kill a Muslim man they believed was having an affair with a married woman by setting fire to his house.

But they targeted the wrong house on the man's street in Blackburn, northwest England, and killed Abdullah Mohammed, 41, and his 39-year-old wife wife Aysha instead.

The couple was overcome by smoke and fumes after petrol was poured through their letterbox and set alight. They later died in hospital.

Their two children, aged nine and 14, survived the blaze.

Ringleader Hisamuddin Ibrahim, 21, whose sister was said to be the one having the affair, was jailed for a minimum of 28 years at Preston Crown Court.

Habib Iqbal, 25, Sadek Miah,23, and Mohammed Miah, 19, were given 25, 21 and 19 years in jail respectively.

"These were shocking and terrible murders," judge Richard Henriques said.

"It is nearly impossible to imagine a worse case of arson than this.

"You have wreaked devastation on a blameless, devout family.

"They just happened to live at an address one digit removed from your intended target."

© 2010 AFP

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