A husband who decapitated his wife as she lay dead or dying on the floor has been jailed for life for her brutal murder. Naveed Ahmed, 41, stabbed Tahira Ahmed several times before continuing to ‘hack at her neck’ as she lay lifeless on their kitchen floor.
The mum-of-two also suffered two broken arms during the ferocious attack, after Mr Ahmed ‘snapped like a stick’ and flew into a deadly rage on May 27 last year.
Ahmed, of Merton Avenue, Northolt, west London, admitted murder at an earlier hearing was jailed for at least 22 years at the Old Bailey today.
Sentencing, Judge Christopher Moss, QC, said: “I have no doubt you intended to kill her in the most brutal and ferocious way.
“You took a kitchen knife, which was later found in the kitchen sink and attacked her with it. She suffered numerous stab wounds to the body and head.
“You used it to decapitate her while she was dead or dying. Her head was found severed from her body with only a piece of skin holding it on.”
The court was told Ahmed arrived in the country in 1997 shortly before marrying Tahira. She had been diagnosed with a rare hereditary condition, which severely limited her mobility.
Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said: “It seems over time there problems in the marriage, as early as 2000. Mr Ahmed was known to have expressed regret at the marriage and his wife’s physical condition.”
The court was told Ahmed was regularly violent to his wife during their ‘volatile’ relationship and his state of mind deteriorated after he was sacked from his job as a local manager for discount supermarket Lidl in 2013.
Police were called to the family home after a neighbour heard raised voices and Ahmed was arrested nearby.
Brendan Kelly QC, defending, said Ahmed had always been consistent in maintaining he had ‘snapped like a stick’.
In a statement read out in court, Mrs Ahmed’s sister Zahra Hanif said: “There has not been a day that Tahira has not been missed by all members of her family. We were shocked not only by her death, but by the manner of her death.”