A man who stabbed his wife to death with a kitchen knife in a frenzied attack in their home and told police officers ‘never get an arranged marriage bro’ has been jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 20 years.
The court heard that Imran Khan, 38, from Greater Manchester, had been upset that his wife was working as a care assistant which involved looking after both vulnerable men and women.
The court also heard that leading up to the murder last April he sent his wife, Nasreen, a series of text messages explaining his desire for her to leave her job.
In one message he wrote: ‘If you go to men’s houses and lie to me I get angry. If you play games I get angry.
Police also found other text messages that he had sent his wife before her murder saying: ‘it’s not halal for you to work with men’
In another text he said: ‘I have told you 10 times there are three people whose prayers will not be accepted by Allah – a fleeing slave until he returns to his master, a woman whose husband is angry with her, until he is pleased with her, and a drunkard until he becomes conscious. If you don’t listen to me I get angry.’
On the day she was killed, Nasreen had spoken to her employer and told her: ‘I can’t take it anymore, I don’t know what to do’ and the employer offered to speak to Khan.
But as they were discussing the situation, Nasreen received another text from her husband saying: ‘It’s not halal for you to work with men. I don’t give permission. I told you no men when you started.’
This was followed with another text message saying: ‘If you go another man’s house again then you are doing Haram. Don’t ignore this again and again It’s Haram what you’re doing.’
Nasreen, who had married Khan in an arranged marriage in 1999 after Khan’s family travelled to Pakistan, later showed the text messages to their eldest daughter which outraged Khan who left the house only to return an hour later saying: ‘I have got no choice – I’m going to kill her and kill myself.’
He then stormed into the kitchen and stabbed his wife eight times before emerging with a ‘twisted and crazy” expression on his face.
Nasreen was given first aid at the scene but died of her injuries.
When police turned up at the scene after the attack, Khan told an officer: ‘Never get an arranged marriage bro.’
In court Khan claimed he carried out the killing at a time when he was ‘shocked and devastated’ after his wife told him ‘she never loved him and that the marriage was over.’
At Manchester Crown Court he admitted murdering his wife and was jailed for life with a minimum requirement to serve 20 years.
And passing sentence Judge Patrick Field QC told him: ‘Nasreen worked hard to support her family and was good at that job but by contrast you are a selfish and controlling man, did little to support your family and your wife, instead you sought to determine how she should live her life, expressing your disapproval of her choice of work.
‘You did not want Nasreen to have contact with other men, even though they were her clients, and her duties involved no more than administering medication and warming their food.
‘It appears your disapproval was born out of some outdated, almost medieval notion of how a wife should behave. You ordered her to stop – and she wouldn’t.
‘Unless anybody should think this was some kind of cultural clash let it be said that the evidence shows that your parents and sister were entirely supportive of Nasreen’s choice.
‘You nevertheless decided that no wife of yours should be caring for men.
‘Behind the traditional line taken in your texts, appeared to lurk an element of jealousy of your wife’s independence of mind and a resentment of her defiance of your orders.
‘In certainly appears to me to be the case, in any event, you became incredibly angry, to the point that you determined that your solution was to kill Nasreen.’