LONDON: A man who murdered his wife and their two children in December 2006 before fleeing to Bangladesh immediately afterwards has been jailed. Mohammed Abdul Shakur, 46 [14.10.73], was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 31 October 2019, of the murder of his wife, 26-year-old Juli Begum, and their two daughters, five-year-old Anika Khanum and six-year-old Thanha Khanum, at the family home in East Ham.
At the same court on Thursday, 6 February, he was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 40 years, the Met Police have reported.
The court heard
that police were called to the family address in Nelson Street, E6, at around
12:35hrs on Wednesday, 1 January 2007 after a concerned family member had not
seen or heard from Juli for around ten days, and the children had not returned
to school after the Christmas break.
Police attended and forced entry to the address. There they found the bodies of Juli, Anika and Thanha concealed under a duvet in a rear bedroom. Post mortem examinations for the three were held at East Ham mortuary in January 2007.
Cause of death for Juli was initially inconclusive but later ruled to be consistent with asphyxiation.
Thanha’s cause of death was recorded as consistent with head trauma, while Anika was confirmed as having been killed by strangulation with a ligature.
Detectives had launched a murder investigation and Shakur was quickly identified as a suspect after it emerged that he had purchased a one-way ticket to Bangladesh at the time of the murder.
The court would hear that Shakur and Juli had had an arranged married in Bangladesh in October 1999 and she had subsequently sponsored his immigration visa so that they could return to the UK. However, incidents of domestic conflict began to emerge just a few months into the marriage.
Detective Sergeant Amjad Sharif from Specialist Crime, said: “Shakur’s sentencing brings to a close what has been a protracted and traumatic time for Juli’s family.
“We will likely never be able to understand what could have driven Shakur to snap and end the lives of his wife and two daughters so violently and callously.
“In the years since, Juli, Anika and Thanha’s family have had to endure the most unimaginable torment. At times it must have seemed that there would never be justice; from Shakur immediately fleeing the UK, to the protracted process that followed over many years when he was finally apprehended.