Four members of a family have been found guilty of murdering a 21-year-old pregnant woman they thought was possessed by evil spirits.

Following a 12-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Naila Mumtaz’s husband, Mohammed Tauseef Mumtaz, 25, his parents, Zia Ul-Haq and Salma Aslam, both aged 51, and his brother-in-law, Hammad Hussan, 24, were all found guilty of killing her.

Mohammed Mumtaz

Jurors heard that Mumtaz, who was accused of smothering his six-months pregnant wife, told police she tried to strangle herself and may have been ‘possessed’ by an evil spirit.

The court was told that he claimed his wife’s death was ‘like a suicide’ and that he had been ‘similarly possessed’ at the city’s coroner’s court after her death.

Naila Mumtaz

All four defendants denied murdering Ms Mumtaz at her home in Craythorne Avenue, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, in the early hours of July 8, 2009.

Wendy Bounds, a lawyer from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service complex casework unit, said: ‘Naila Mumtaz, a kind-hearted and beautiful young woman living in Pakistan with her parents, agreed to enter into an arranged marriage with the defendant, Mohammed Tauseef Mumtaz.

‘She was aware that he suffered from a physical disability, but she was not put off by his appearance, taking the kind-hearted view that all living things had the same value.

‘However, the jury today found that her husband and his family did not share her values.

‘Naila was six months pregnant and living with the defendants in Birmingham when on 8 July 2009 the family made a 999 call for an ambulance to attend.

‘All efforts to revive her by the paramedics and at the hospital failed, and she and her unborn baby died.

‘She was subsequently found to have suffered injuries and the jury had to decide whether she had been assaulted, smothered and suffocated by her husband, his parents and her brother-in-law or whether, as they maintained, she was possessed by an evil spirit which took her life.’

During his opening speech to the jury, prosecutor Christopher Hotten QC quoted details of Mumtaz’s account to police after Ms Mumtaz’s death, saying: ‘He said she started to grab her own face and was screaming in anger.

‘She tried to bite her mother’s hand. The whole family were trying to hold her down.

‘It was like she couldn’t remember who we were. She suffocated herself by putting her hand in her mouth and she tried to strangle herself.

‘It was, he said, more like a suicide. He said it was possible that Naila had been possessed by a djinn spirit and said he himself about a month before Naila died had been similarly possessed, and again possessed at the coroner’s court after her death.’

In his account to police, Mumtaz maintained that injuries to his wife’s body were self-inflicted and claimed that a person was present at the house praying “to get the spirit out of her”.

Ms Bounds added: ‘This was not an easy case to bring before the court as it involved evidence from both the UK and Pakistan, and ensuring that the jury understood that although there were complex cultural beliefs which underpinned the defence case, there was evidence that the defendants had all given untruthful accounts as to what had taken place and their roles in the death of Naila.

‘Sadly, Naila died before the help that is available from the police and the prosecution team was accessed.

‘This case demonstrates that it is possible to achieve justice for girls in Naila’s situation who are far away from their family, unable to speak English and with no one to turn to for help.

‘Our thoughts are with Naila’s family at this time and we hope that today’s conviction brings some comfort to them.’

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  • Anan7

    Oh come on… this article makes Muslims look like savages.  It is RACIST!!!!

    We should learn to appreciate diverse takes.  Some cultures experience life different from ours.

    I’m very progressive and I think we should begin to emulate this activity among our own native peoples, we can learn so much from our Muslim brethren.

    On a more serious note, the politician who let them into the UK should be sitting in the prison cell right next to them.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Refreshing to see surnames indicative that they come from “good British stock.”

    Is that a puppet in the first photo?

    • Boereseun

      It’s the new diversified ‘Golum’ in the upcoming film The Hobbit.

      • Biff_Maliboo

         Ah, yes.

        I’ve heard of that.

        “Al Hob-bet”

  • haroldcrews

    Pretty sure she wasn’t possessed by the spirit of a djinn.  But she was certainly cursed.

  • Boereseun

    I wish they could package some of this ‘lovely diversity’ and send it to the EU bureaucrats in Brussels.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    Muslims worship the moon god ‘allah’, as well as myths and fables. They are childishly supersticious of the “Djinn” – evil spirits (demons).
    Personally, I couldn’t care less, if they kept their beliefs to Arabia.
    However, the fact that they practice their supersticious nonsense on British soil bothers me. It bothers me a lot. This is what they do when they are a minority; what will they do when a majority?
    I don’t like living with these people. I really dont.

    • Arabian voodoo, African voodoo, Asian voodoo. Diversity is scary.

  • bubo

    Britain’s stance on such crimes as these are having a disparate impact on Moslems,  who are disproportionately being imprisoned for honor killings.  

    It would be only fair to note occurrences such as this as cultural custom and not subject to the Crown’s laws.

  • Kurt Plummer

    I am always interested in hearing the alternative motive ascribed to a murderer.  A man does not ordinarily smother his wife and unborn child for no reason.

    I would assume that, from the apparent congenital problem Mr. Mumtaz suffers that there is some question as to the viability of the child.  But since carrying the baby to term is the mother’s choice, one might ask if this was an element of it.  Does Pakistan have the same tendencies towards female infanticide as India?

    As an alternative, I have read online articles (describing the strain on the UK public healthcare system) in which Pakistani brides who were too consanguinous to their husbands and ended up having children with various hearing, spinal and retardation issues admitted that they would not have made the same choice if they had known that marrying their cousin was a ‘bad idea’.

    I have a feeling that the reality may lie somewhere between saintedness and self interest as the use of restraint unto death is suggestive, not of a murderous psychology but a control based one, gotten out of hand.

    If the young woman simplly used the marriage to come to The West and then tried to assert some free will, as a function of lifestyle, maternity or even marital choices, I could see the situation degrading.  Until and unless we know the nature and bias of the person brought in to ‘pray over her’, I have a feeling there will never really be a complete understanding.

    One thing which is certain, this-

    ‘This case demonstrates that it is possible to achieve justice for girls in Naila’s situation who are far away from their family, unable to speak English and with no one to turn to for help.

    Is absurd.

    ‘Justice’ for the dead is largely pointless and in this case is a gimme for any nation whose system of jurisprudence is base on principles of logic rather than fantasy.

    What it -does not do- is convince young women to try to leave a harmful condition before it becomes dangerous to them.

    The Mumtaz’s got their woman.

  • tickyul

    Keep bringing in folks from 9th world countries……..just get more of the same.

  • How could this Mumtaz woman believe that “all living things have the same value?” Isn’t that heresy in Islam?

  • Looking at his picture, one can’t help but wonder what he has inserted into his rectum.

  • How ironic! The Daily Mail Isn’t accepting comments on this story! Heaven forbid someone speaks out about their beloved Muslims and the” joys of diversity” these third world derelicts bring.

  • NM156

    This kind of psychopathology is the result of countless generations of first cousin marriage. The photo shows an inbred mutant.

    • “i think it makes sense that the effects islam has on democracy are “mediated” by how much cousin marriage there is in a society. cousin marriage directly affects the genetic relatedness between the individual members of a population, making individuals more related to their family members than would happen in an outbred society, while making those same individuals less related to non-family members, again unlike in an outbred society. i think this pretty clearly leads to clannish or tribal behavioral patterns which, as woodley and bell point out, are not conducive to liberal democracy at all.”

  • mobilebay

    When are countries going to understand that you can’t expect Muslims to live in a normal society? They do not understand how to be civil. Most act like savages, then are surprised when their “adopted” countries demands they be law-abiding. They need to be back in the desert trading rocks.

  • Third world immigration produces third world problems always and everywhere.

  • ageofknowledge

    Those murdering perps are stupider than dirt and entirely uncultured.

  • 14POLK88

    You know someone with the name Mohammad would kill anyone!!