Monday, July 9, 2012

Shafilea Ahmed's Mother Changes Court Defence: She Claims in a written statement she saw her husband attack her daughter

The mother of murdered teenager Shafilea Ahmed now claims she witnessed her husband attacking her daughter.

In what the judge has described as a "significant development in the case" Farzana Ahmed has changed her defence.

Her defence statement has been read to the jury in which she describes witnessing her husband slapping Shafilea's face and "punching her two or three times to her chest area".

In her new version of what happened at the family home in Warrington in September 2003 Mrs Ahmed now claims she tried to intervene but was told by her husband, Iftikar Ahmed, to "shut up".

She says she was "extremely scared" and went upstairs with her daughter Mevish who she claims also tried to help Shafilea.

Farzana Ahmed claims when she came back downstairs her husband and Shafilea were no longer in the house and one of the cars had gone.

Her statement says when Iftikhar Ahmed returned home at 6.30 the following morning she asked where Shafilea was and was told "if you care for your dear life and that of your children don't you ever ask me that again". Read More