Man who hacked his wife to death with a hammer at their east London home is found guilty of murder


A businessman has been cleared of attempting to arrange the £20,000 contract killing of his former wife. (Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A businessman has been cleared of attempting to arrange the £20,000 contract killing of his former wife. (Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

A PAKISTANI air force veteran who hacked his wife of more than 30 years to death has been found guilty of murder.

Muhammad Javed, 59, has been found guilty of murdering mother-of-five Saeeda Hussain, 53, at their Ilford home in February last year after wrongly suspecting that she was having an affair.

Prosecutor Julian Evans told the Old Bailey that the air force veteran had been abusive during their marriage, but she did not want others to report this, fearing her husband would be deported.

“Although their children were aware of this violence and the defendant’s mistreatment of his wife, the victim did not want them to report it to the police or to others outside the family,” he said. “She feared that the defendant would be deported. She also feared the shame that, in her mind, such revelations would bring.”

Jurors were told that the victim had at least 46 scab wounds about seven blows from the hammer.

After he killed his wife, Javed changed out of his blood-stained clothes and left the weapons near the body. He walked into Ilford police station and said he had killed his wife.

Evans said: “For some time the defendant had suspected that his wife was having an affair or was seeing other men behind his back and, say the prosecution, those suspicions of his were entirely without merit. Nevertheless, those suspicions led him to install CCTV cameras at the home address to monitor her behaviour.”