“The 21-year-old son of a wealthy businesswoman and a 16-year-old were charged with murder today after the older man’s mother was stabbed to death.
They are due to appear in court this afternoon.
Assia Shahzad, 40, suffered multiple wounds during the bloodbath at the £600,000, six-bedroom family home.
Neighbours and family friends said that she was estranged from her husband.
A friend said: ‘Her husband does not live at the house. We have been told that Mrs Shahzad had been seeing other men.’
Another added: ‘Assia was a strong-minded, independent, modern woman.’
‘She helped where she could, particularly with Asian women’s issues by filling in their forms and advising them.
He said that the dead woman’s parents were ‘ absolutely devastated‘.
Apparently she had her hands severed in the course of the bloodbath. Now, we all agree that betraying your partner (whether the betrayed is the wife or the husband) is wrong. But killing someone on those grounds?
Det Ch Insp Vince Grey said: ‘I have been made aware there are rumours circulating that this was a so-called “honour killing”. I would like to categorically state that we do not believe this to be the case but that we are dealing with a domestic dispute.’
There are two probable explanations: one is the honor killing, the other is the money. We’ll see what are the results of the police investigation.