Abdullah Mohammed and wife Aysha suffocated after petrol was poured through their letterbox and set alight by the gang of young men. The Mohammeds’ nine-year-old son and daughter, 14, were also at home during the attack but survived.
UK DAILY MAIL – Four men were yesterday found guilty of murdering the husband and wife, including 21-year-old gang leader Hisamuddin Ibrahim who had intended to attack a man who was having an affair with his married sister.
Ibrahim ordered three accomplices to set a fire at the home of Mo Ibrahim, who is not related, in the early hours of the morning. But Habib Iqbal, Sadek Miah and Mohammed Miah mistakenly targeted the Mohammeds’ house on the same terrace street in Blackburn as their intended victim.
Mr Mohammed, 41, died after being found unconscious in his bedroom with his wife and two of their three children. His 39-yearold wife died in hospital days later.
London Underground worker Ibrahim was enraged when he discovered his 22-year-old sister Hafija Gorji was having an affair with the man she had met at a wedding.
Ibrahim, from East London, had then asked best friend 25-year-old Iqbal, Miah, 19, and Sadek Miah, 23, to drive up from the capital overnight and carry out the attack..
Outside court, the Mohammeds’ eldest son, Ashraf, 19, said: ‘No words can truly do justice as to how amazing my parents were. My father was a true gentleman who touched the hearts of people around the world. He was an irreplaceable part of the family and was loved by one and all.
‘My mother had a heart of gold, she was always seen with a smile on her face. The family believe other people were involved and hope that one day those people may be brought to justice.’
Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Neil Hunter said: ‘The despicable actions of the persons responsible have devastated a family and a community and robbed three children of the love and affection of their parents forever more.
‘I have nothing but contempt for those responsible as even faced against compelling evidence they still attempted to hoodwink the jury by telling a tissue of lies, time after time. ‘Thankfully, they saw through their pathetic attempts.
‘There has been much talk during this trial that this crime was committed as the result of so-called honour. There is no honour in killing innocent people, it is murder pure and simple.’