A court has jailed a man for life after he murdered his wife when she refused to stop looking after men in her job as a care worker.
Judge Patrick Field QC told Imran Khan, from greater Manchester, he was a “selfish and controlling man” who held “medieval” attitudes towards women. The 38-year-old, who described himself as a devout Muslim, sent his wife, Nasreen Khan, also 38, a barrage of text messages that claimed she was disobeying Islam.
He told her: “If you go to men’s houses and lie to me I get angry. If you play games I get angry.”
Later the same day he stabbed Ms Khan, a mother of three, to death with a kitchen knife while five children were in the house. Mr Field described the killing on 18 April at the family’s home in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, as a “merciless attack”.
He told Khan: “Behind the traditional line taken in your texts, appeared to lurk an element of jealousy of your wife’s independence of mind and a resentment of her defiance of your orders.
“She was a devoted mother. She worked hard to support her family and she was good at that job.
“Unless anyone should think there was a cultural clash, let it be said the evidence shows your parents and sister were entirely supportive of Nasreen’s choice.” Khan’s lawyer claimed his client was “genuinely remorseful”. But the court also heard he made a flippant comment to police after the attack: “Never get an arranged marriage bro.” Read more