Family guilty of failing to stop abuse

Feb. 6, 2008 at 9:02 PM
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LEEDS, England, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Four family members in England were warned Wednesday to expect prison terms for ignoring the battering that ended in a young wife's death.

A judge in Leeds allowed Phullan Bibi, 52, her daughters, Nazia Naureen, 28, and Uzma Khan, 23, and Uzma's husband Majid Hussain, 28, to remain free until they are sentenced in March, the Yorkshire Post reported.

"You should all return to the court in preparation for a custodial sentence," Judge James Stewart said.

Bibi's son, Shazad Khan, was convicted last year of killing his wife, Sabia Rani, 19.

A pathologist testified at the trial that Sabia Rani had 15 broken ribs and bruises over her body. She died five months after she arrived in Britain from Pakistan.

Malcolm Taylor of the Crown Prosecution Service said that few people have been convicted of failing to protect a vulnerable adult, The Times of London reported.

"Sabia Rani was the victim of horrific violence at the hands of her husband while her family chose to do nothing," he said.

Uzma Khan testified for her brother at his trial, saying her sister-in-law's injuries were caused by evil spirits.

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