Jury given 10 reasons not to convict Munshi

Fiaz Munshi being led into court

Fiaz Munshi being led into court

First published in News
Last updated

JURORS were yesterday told there was no way they could convict Fiaz Munshi of planning to kill two children in a house fire.

The mum-of-four, 38, denies killing Anum Khan, eight, and her brother Majid, 15, in an arson attack on their home in Magdalen Road, East Oxford, in 1997.

The prosecution has told the Oxford Crown Court trial that Munshi wanted to torch the house after the family told her to stay away from their son Amjad – her then boyfriend – when he was jailed for dealing heroin.

But her barrister Stephen Kamlish, in his closing speech, said Munshi loved Amjad and would not have wanted to harm his family.

He also gave 10 points which he said suggested another motive for the crime, including evidence about an alleged drug debt and a claim that Majid had damaged a BMW belonging to Haroon Sharif who was one of five men convicted of the murders in 1998.

Mr Kamlish said: “It all builds up and it makes a really strong case that the fire was driven by Haroon Sharif and the drug war.”

The lawyer said Amjad Khan had been the only person to show his client true affection in her life because her family had been controlling and abusive.

He said: “She is about an abused a person as you can imagine. She has been abused by everyone since she was young. She is a classic abused woman.”

And he added: “At the end of the day the only person in her life who showed her any love and any understanding was Amjad Ali Khan.

“There is no way a reasonable juror could possible say that someone in that relationship would want to burn down the house and kill the occupants of the family of the person she loved.”

The judge is expected to begin summing the case up today.

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Our top stories

William Blencowe sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering Connor Tremble

Oxford Mail:

10:13am Friday 29th August 2014

William Blencowe has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Connor Tremble.

Family concerned about missing teenager

Oxford Mail:

3:32pm Friday 29th August 2014

A TEENAGER has gone missing with police and his family fearing for his welfare.

Roadworks on A420 near Shrivenham finish a week early

Oxford Mail: a420 alert

3:09pm Friday 29th August 2014

Roadworks scheduled to rumble on until mid-September have finished a week early.

RUGBY UNION: Piri relishing life at Welsh

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 29th August 2014

World Cup winning superstar Piri Weepu is more than happy to muck in at London Welsh.

Connor Tremble murder: Fatal attack fuelled by jealousy over ex

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

JEALOUS Will Blencowe stabbed Connor Tremble 15 times when he found out he was dating his former girlfriend Aimee Harrison, the court heard.

Connor Tremble murder: Blencowe convicted of carefully-planned killing

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

CONNOR Tremble’s family simply said “we have got justice” after Will Blencowe was convicted of the 17-year-old’s murder.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree