Shahid Mohammed (pictured above) has today been convicted of murdering eight people
A man who burned down a family home because his sister had entered into a relationship he didn’t agree with has been convicted of murder.
Shahid Mohammed was today found guilty of murdering eight people.
The murders took place in a house in Huddersfield in 2002 and included five children and three adults.
Leeds Crown Court had previously heard how the 37-year-old burned down a house to murder eight members of the same family in a family feud over his sister’s choice of boyfriend.
He was arrested after the house in Birkby, Huddersfield, went up in flames in 2002 and skipped bail before he could be brought to trial.
He then fled to Pakistan where he remained on the run until he was tracked down and extradited to Britain last year.
During a four-week trial at Leeds Crown Court, jurors heard that the blaze which caused the deaths of eight members of the Chisti family had followed a grudge that the defendant had been ‘pursuing vigorously’.
Today, Judge Robin Spencer said there is ‘only one sentence for murder and that is life imprisonment’.
Murderers poured petrol through the letterbox and put a petrol bomb through the window of the Chisti family’s home in Birkby, Huddersfield in 2002, devastating an entire family
The Chisti family, who were killed in the arson attack, pictured left to right: Rabia Batool, 10, Tayyaba Batool, 13, Aneesa Nawaz, 2, Naffeesa Aziz, 35, pregnant in this picture with Najeeba Nawaz, Ateeqa Nawaz, 7. Not pictured but also killed were Mohammed Ateeq-ur-Rehman and Zaib-un-Nisa
Zaib-Un-Nisa (left) and Najeebah Nawaz (right) were both killed in the blaze
But he said the matter was complicated because of different sentencing guidelines that were in affect at the time the offence was committed.
Prosecutors said Mohammed, of no fixed address, reacted angrily when his sister, Shahida, became involved in a relationship with a man named Saud Pervez, of whom he did not approve.
One member of the Chisti family, Mohammed Ateeq-Ur-Rehman, known as Ateeq, had played an ‘active part’ in the maintaining of their relationship, and was probably the target of the attack on May 12 2002, the court heard.
Inside the Chisti family home in Birkby, Huddersfield after the fire in May 2002
Three generations of the Chisti family died in the blaze in May 2002 which led to the arrests of four men
Jurors were told that petrol bombs were thrown into the property, in Osborne Road, while petrol, believed to have been poured into the home through a nozzle, was ignited.
Seven other members of his wider family, including five children, also perished in the blaze.
They were Nafeesa Aziz, 35, and her daughters Tayyaba Bootall, three, Rabiah Bootall, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Nawaz, two, and six-month-old Najeebah Nawaz. Miss Aziz’s mother, Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, died a week later in hospital.
Mohammed will be sentenced on Wednesday.
Police pictured outside a property in Osborne Road in Huddersfield after a fire at a residence in 2002