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Controlling Muslim husband who forced wife to convert to Islam and wear a hijab before he killed her while she was pregnant is jailed for 17 years Mohammed Badiuzzaman admitted killing mother-of-three Sabeen Thandi He told colleagues he planned to kill wife and bragged jails were 'easy peasy' Forced victim into Muslim marriage and stopped her leaving house alone He was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill but later released Within weeks she was found strangled at her home in London by police By Emily Davies Published: 16:05, 27 May 2014 | Updated: 17:12, 27 May 2014 Victim: Mother-of-three Sabeen Thandi, 37, was forced her to wear a hijab head scarf and pressurised into an Islamic marriage by husband Mohammed Badiuzzaman A husband who strangled to death his pregnant wife two weeks after police arrested him for threatening to kill her with a hammer was sentenced to life imprisonment today. Mohammed Badiuzzaman, 34, pleaded guilty to murdering mother-of-three Sabeen Thandi at the Old Bailey earlier this month. Before the killing he told colleagues he planned to kill his wife, bragged that UK jail was ‘easy peasy’ and ranted about Oscar Pistorius. He was today sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison by Judge Christopher Moss QC, who described the defendant as ‘manipulative, devious and controlling’. Mrs Thandi was strangled at her home in Forest Gate, London, in July last year, a fortnight after she obtained a restraining order against her husband, and after police had arrested him for making death threats. Police officers are now under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission for releasing Badiuzzaman before he went on to kill. Badiuzzaman had forced Mrs Thandi into a Muslim marriage and had moved in with her two months after they began dating in November 2012. He was controlling, preventing her from leaving the house alone, forcing her to throw away ‘revealing’ clothes and instead wear a hijab because otherwise she would ‘feel his wrath’. The security guard even tried to sell her home by visiting an estate agents and pretending he owned the property. Doctor’s receptionist Mrs Thandi grew sick of Badiuzzaman’s abuse and visited solicitors in Watford in June last year seeking a divorce. She took out an order from Watford County Court on June 17 against Badiuzzaman to prevent him from entering her home, as she feared for her children’s safety. But two days later Badiuzzaman became enraged after discovering Mrs Thandi was in love with a man in Pakistan whom she had met on Facebook, named in court as only as Majid. Badiuzzaman duped his wife into getting into the car with him on the premise of taking her to work, but instead he drove her around for three hours and threatened her. He said he had a hammer in his car boot and that if she did not revoke the order against him she would never see her son again, and that police would ‘find parts of her body in bits in bin bags’. Mrs Thandi pleaded with her solicitors to revoke the order, and they proceeded to call the police. Badiuzzaman was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill and unlawful imprisonment. While being cautioned he made no comment and grinned at police, but he was later released. +2 Jailed: Badiuzzaman, 34, strangled his pregnant wife Sabeen Thandi to death after police arrested him for threatening her with a hammer In the early hours of July 7 police received two silent 999 calls from the home the couple had shared and were met by Badiuzzaman at the door who said his wife was at work. He was calm and made conversation with officers but when they searched the property they found her lifeless body under a duvet in the bedroom. Badiuzzaman told police: ‘I’ve killed my wife.’ But when paramedics asked him to tell them what he had done so that they might attempt to save her, he said he did not know. Mrs Thandi was taken to Newham University Hospital where she was confirmed dead, and a post-mortem gave the cause of death as strangulation. Before the killing he had told colleagues he intended to ‘stab’ Mrs Thandi and had talked for an hour about high-profile domestic violence murder cases of Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani. He told colleagues ‘they have got away with it’ and ‘jail in Britain is easy peasy’. Sentencing Judge Moss said: ‘From all that I’ve heard about you I have no doubt that you are a manipulative, devious and controlling person with a serious anger management issue. ‘It’s clear from the way in which she died that you intended that she should die. You strangled her in her bedroom in her own home.’ He added: ‘You murdered your estranged wife in her own home which you were excluded from by order of the county court. ‘It’s clear from the evidence in the case that this was an order you deserved and which you had no respect for, indeed you resented it. ‘You have deprived those children of the love and care of their mother in their formative years of their lives. You had no conceivable defence.’ The judge said he took into some account the fact that the defendant had pleaded guilty one day before the case was listed, and that he had shown some remorse, but added: ‘I suspect you feel sorrier for yourself than those affected by your actions.’ Officer in the case, Detective Inspector Euan McKeeve said: ‘We are very satisfied with the outcome of the case. Domestic violence in all its forms is totally abhorrent and cannot be tolerated. There’s likely to be some learning from the IPCC investigation, but because that investigation is ongoing I am unable to comment further at this time.’ Hertfordshire Police and the Met Police are now being investigated by the IPCC in relation to the incident. An IPCC spokesman said: ‘The investigation is nearing conclusion, with most lines of enquiry completed by investigators. ‘We have interviewed ten officers and a civilian staff member from the Metropolitan Police Service under misconduct caution, in relation to their contact with Mrs Thandi prior to her death on 7 July 2013. Two officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary have also been interviewed under misconduct caution, in relation to their contact with Mrs Thandi on 19 June 2013. ‘We have also taken statements from several independent witnesses, and are keeping the family updated on the progress of our investigation.’
cool water posted a topic in POLITICS | MEDIA | FEEDBACK | LIFESTYLEForest Gate man murdered pregnant wife in a fit of rage Mohammed Badiuzzaman has admitted killling Sabeen Thandi Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter Tuesday, May 6, 2014 3:53 PM A controlling man who strangled his pregnant wife, leaving her three children without a mother, has pleaded guilty to her murder at the Old Bailey today. Sabeen Thandi's body was found at her Forest Gate home on July 7 last year Mohammed Badiuzzaman, 35, a security guard of no fixed abode, murdered Sabeen Thandi in a fit of rage on July 7 last year after discovering that she had begun a relationship with someone else. Mohammed Badiuzzaman began a relationship with Sabeen Thandi, 37, in November 2012 and moved into her property in January 2013. He became controlling and forced her to wear a hijab. In April 2013 he pressured her into an Islamic marriage. He even tried to sell her home by pretending he was the owner to estate agents. He refused to let her go out on her own and would not let her travel to and from work as a doctors receptionist. By June 14 2013 she had had enough of Mohammed and visited a solicitors in Watford. Three days later, Watford County Court put in place a non-molestation order against Mohammed preventing him from entering the her home in Disraeli Road, Forest Gate. She feared for her safety and the safety of her three children. Two days later Mohammed forced her to revoke the order, telling her she would never see her son again if she did not. When it became clear that Sabeen Thandi had been forced to attend the solicitors office they called police. Mohammed Badiuzzaman was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill and unlawful imprisonment. He was later released. In the early hours of July 7 last year officers were called to Disraeli Road after an abandoned call was made from the address. Mohammed Badiuzzaman answered the door and told officers there was only himself and his daughter in the address. When officers entered the property and asked Mohammed where the children’s mother was, he said she had not returned from work. Officers found her lifeless body in a bedroom. She had been strangled. Mohammed was arrested for her murder. Detective Inspector Euan McKeeve said: “Mohammed learnt that Sabeen had begun a relationship with someone else and murdered his wife in a fit of rage. “This tragedy has left three children without a loving mother in the prime of her life.” He is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on May 27. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the actions of officers from the MPS as well as Hertfordshire Police.