Man who killed his wife when she asked him to return £20,000 worth of gold has sentence increased

An unfaithful husband who strangled his wife with her own bra after she threatened to make a rape allegation against him unless he returned £20,000 worth of gold that he had stolen from her has had his sentence increased after he tried to clear his name.

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Abul Kashem Miah, 37, murdered 35-year-old mother-of-two Rukshana after she stood up to him and demanded the return of the wedding jewellery.

Miah had taken the gold after he made a false claim on insurance, stating his wife’s £20,000 gold wedding jewellery, including bangles, necklace and earrings, had been stolen in the raid – then subsequently banked the £10,000 payout.

He then stored the jewellery in a safety deposit box to keep a ‘hold’ of his wife.

He murdered her on August 16 2014 after she demanded the return of her jewellery or she would accuse him of rape.

Miah had told the court during the trial: ‘I didn’t want her to die. We were in bed, we got on to the issue about the jewellery and how there was a shortfall with the insurance.

‘She was of the opinion that I should replace any jewellery that wasn’t replaced by the insurance money.

‘She got out of bed and started putting clothes on. She was very angry and said “you’re going to regret this. ‘I’m going to call the police”.

‘I asked her why and she said she’s going to ring them and tell them that I raped her. I was afraid, another accusation of rape was being put against me.

‘She lunged at me and I grabbed her arms and there was some shouting that went between us, and I was just asking her to stop, and we wrestled and we ended up on the floor.

‘I put my hand over her mouth and tried to stop her, but she was still moving around. I put her arm over her neck and said “stop”. I just remember grabbing her face, her neck.’

Miah was found guilty of murdering his wife and jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars.

But Miah appealed his sentence and claimed it was unfair.

Miah argued his actions were manslaughter not murder and appealed on the basis of alleged failings on the part of his legal team which led to an unfair trial.

He also argued he had suffered with depression at the time and said a “responsible adult” should have been present at his police interview.

The conviction was upheld by senior judges at the Court of Appeal on Friday, who rejected Miah’s bid to overturn the jury’s guilty verdict.

Lord Justice Simon added 60 days on to the minimum he must serve before seeking parole.

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