Muslim jailed for killing ‘demonic’ wife
AHMED Al-Khatib, 34, who subjected his wife to years of mental and physical abuse because he believed she had become “too Westernised” in the UK, has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.
Mother of three, Rania Alayed, 25, gave up wearing traditional dress and made friends with fellow male when she enrolled at a local college and began studying English.
After suffering years of abuse, the Syrian-born woman was forced to flee the family home in January last year and seek sanctuary at a homeless refuge in a bid to start a new life.
But five months later Al-Khatib lured her to a flat in Salford, Greater Manchester, where he murdered her, stripped her of her clothes and concealed her body in a suitcase. It is believed the children were in the next room when the attack happened.
With the help of his two brothers he attempted to transport her remains to a remote forest close to her former home in the North East of England.
But as he sought to cover up his crimes his camper van developed mechanical trouble and he was forced to make a “split-second decision” and bury her by the side of the busy A19 near Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
Despite extensive searches of the area by police her body has never been found.
Al-Khatib, who met his wife when she was aged 15, reported her as missing a month after she was killed. His older brother Muhaned Al-Khatib, 39, confessed his part in the plot after watching a televised appeal for her safe return.
He was found not guilty of murder but jailed for three years at Manchester Crown Court after admitting perverting the course of justice. A third brother Hussain Al-Khateeb, 35, was convicted of the same crime and sentenced to four years in jail.
Ahmed Al-Khatib claimed that his wife was transformed into a Jinn – a Muslim spirit or demon – and that he pushed her to the ground resulting in her suffering a fatal head injury.
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