Double killer ‘kept herself hidden’ from law

Fiaz Munshi

Fiaz Munshi

First published in News

THE sister of two children killed in a house fire said one of their killers, Fiaz Munshi, deliberately kept herself hidden from justice.

Fiaz Munshi was on Friday sentenced to 13 years in prison by Mr Justice Robin Spencer at Oxford Crown Court.

Munshi, 38, of Manley Road, Oldham, was convicted of two counts of manslaughter after the August 1997 deaths of eight-year-old Anum Khan and her 15-year-old brother Majid.

She was acquitted of their murder.

The children’s sister Shehnaz Akhtar said: “The evidence spoke for itself. She was there and the judge’s remarks were very clear.

“She was a party to the plan and she held the biggest grudge. The truth always comes out and you can’t hide from it.”

She added: “If Munshi was a victim of circumstance and in the wrong place at the wrong time, what did she do to remedy this?

“She left the country, she made a new life for herself abroad in a country that had no extradition treaty with the UK. She kept herself hidden whilst her sister, ex-boyfriend and their cronies stood trial and were found guilty.

“It’s easy to say that she was in the wrong place in the wrong time but this is not the finding of the court. “ She added: “These were killings of the most cowardly kind. This was carefully planned and carefully executed.”

Mrs Akhtar was speaking after Munshi’s brother, Tony Hussain, said Munshi had been in “wrong place at the wrong time”.

Five men were convicted of the children’s murder in 1998, and Munshi’s sister Riaz was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter in 1999.

The motive put forward by the prosecution, and which was accepted by the jury, was the fire at the family home in Magdalen Road, Oxford, was started out of revenge.

Top News

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

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Update: Man arrested after teenager raped in city centre

Oxford Mail:

11:57am Saturday 20th September 2014

A MAN was arrested today after a teenager was raped in central Oxford.

Woman raped in Headington flat

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:24pm Saturday 20th September 2014

A WOMAN was followed into a Headington flat and raped this morning. 

Referendum vote gives PM a spring in his step

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

WITNEY MP David Cameron has congratulated the people of Burford for organising a mock “referendum” on the issue of Scottish independence – but has admitted he was more relieved to find out the result of the actual poll.

Oxford United Wright issues warning

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

Jake Wright believes it will be key for Oxford United to avoid getting dragged into a physical contest if they are to build on a midweek win when Stevenage visit today.

It's off - three-day city festival is cancelled

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

A THREE-day festival set to take place on Oxford’s South Park next weekend has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales and rumours that one of its big name stars had pulled out.

Google wipes search results for 20 people's convictions after just one person's 'Right To Be Forgotten' request

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Saturday 20th September 2014

THE convictions of 20 people have been wiped from Google search results because of a single complaint in the latest controversy caused by a controversial European privacy ruling.

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