Man jailed for 9 years for killing wife’s cousin

A Pakistani man has been jailed for nine years at the Central Criminal Court for killing a man he suspected of having an affair with his wife.

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

He was also given seven years for seriously injuring his wife, Rashida Bibi Haider, 44, and two years for assaulting her on January 6, 2011, at Mr Arif’s apartment in Fitzwilliam Court, Dyer St, Drogheda, Co Louth.

He had denied the charges.

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

Last January, Shane Costelloe, prosecuting, told the Central Criminal Court in circumstances where the court of appeal had directed a retrial, he had been instructed by the DPP that Hussain could be arraigned on count one. On January 27, Hussain pleaded not guilty to the murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Arif.

At the time, prosecution counsel told the court this plea “meets the case in the circumstances”.

The court previously heard Hussain was serving a sentence on the other two counts on the indictment “as those were not overturned by the court of appeal.”

Yesterday, Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan extended her sympathy to the family of Mr Arif, who she said had “died so tragically”.

Ms Justice Heneghan told the court that at the sentence hearing on April 4, evidence was given by Detective Inspector Patrick Marry from Dundalk Garda Station concerning the “distressing facts of this case”.

The judge then imposed a nine-year custodial sentence and backdated it to the date of his arrest, January 7, 2011.


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