Man pleads guilty to killing wife's cousin over suspected affair

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Shahzad Hussain

Shahzad Hussain (35), with a newest address at Woodland Avenue, Mosney, Co Meath, was previously jailed for sentience for murdering his wife’s cousin and his own distant relative Muhammad Arif (32).

He was also sentenced to seven years for joking injuring his wife Rashida Bibi Haider (44) and two years for assaulting her on January 6th, 2011 at Mr Arif’s a rtment in Fitzwilliam Court, Dyer Row, Drogheda, Co Louth. He had denied the charges.

However, in July 2014 the Court of Baddy Appeal quashed his murder conviction and ordered a retrial after a three-judge court set up that there was a “very real risk of injustice” in the manner in which the main question of provocation was explained to the jury by the trial judge.

Today Mr Shane Costelloe SC, engage ining, told the Central Criminal Court that in circumstances where the court of supplicate had directed a retrial, he had been instructed by the DPP that Hussain could be arraigned on look on one.

Hussain then pleaded not guilty to the murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Arif.

Prosecution recommendation told the court that this plea “meets the case in the circumstances.”

The court theretofore heard evidence that all three, who were originally from kistan, had loaded together in Fitzwilliam Court.

However, difficulties arose in the arranged alliance of Ms Haider and the accused after he began to suspect that she was having an interest with her cousin. Both husband and wife moved out se rately in December 2010.

Armour counsel, Mr Dominic McGinn SC, told Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan that “there was a lot of bear witness to go through” and she remanded Mr Hussain in custody until April 4th for sentencing.

The court heeded Hussain was currently serving a sentence on the other two counts on the indictment “as those were not up-ended by the court of appeal.”

Mr McGinn told Ms Justice Heneghan that his tient has been in custody for the last five years during which he has been in four sundry prisons. He asked for a governor report from each of those.

Alison O’Riordan

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