Preston man guilty of wife's murder

Police at the murder scene at Chatsworth Street, Preston
Police at the murder scene at Chatsworth Street, Preston

A husband who bludgeoned his wife to death with a hammer in their Preston home has been handed a life sentence.

Jamal Khan, 52, had denied killing his wife Humera Khan, 42, at Chatsworth Street, Fishwick, Preston, on February 15.

Jamal Khan had denied killing his wife

Jamal Khan had denied killing his wife

He was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 16 years at Preston Crown Court on Monday.

Det Ch Insp Claire McEnery said: “This is a tragic case where Humera suffered a fatal head injury at the hands of her husband.

“It was a ferocious attack where she was bludgeoned to death with a lump hammer, causing catastrophic injuries to Humera as she was working on a sewing machine in her own house, a place where she was entitled to feel safe and secure.

“Humera leaves behind a daughter and two sons and I would like to pay tribute to her family who have acted with dignity throughout the investigation and subsequent trial.

“They have acted in an exemplary fashion. This family have now lost a mother and a father and while they feel that they have today received justice for their mother they will have to live without parents going forward which adds to their devastation.

“My thoughts and condolences very much remain with them at this time.”

Khan pleaded not guilty to the murder but was convicted following a week-long trial.

The court heard he had lost his temper because Humera had failed to make him a meal.

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