Teenager gets life sentence for killing ex-girlfriend in blaze

2010-07-10 08:11

A 15-year-old schoolboy was sentenced to at least 23 years in

prison on Friday for killing his ex-girlfriend and her older sister after being


Akmol Miah killed 15-year-old Maleha Masud and Nabiha Masud (21) at

their home in Tooting, South London.

Aged 14 at the time of the attack in June last year, Miah searched

the internet for advice on “how to burn someone’s house down”.

“These dreadful events happened for no better reason than that you

wanted to inflict revenge on Maleha and her family for the fact that she ended

your relationship,” Judge Christopher Moss told Miah.

The teenager recruited his cousin, Shihabouddin Choudhury, to start

the blaze by pouring petrol through the Masuds’ postbox and setting it alight as

the family slept.

Choudhury (21) was also jailed for life and must serve at least 21

years behind bars.

Judge Moss said he was “concerned” at the “apparent confidence”

with which Miah gave false evidence during his trial.

Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw said Maleha had been in a “relationship

of sorts” with Miah, though not a serious one.

“The two broke up and it was then that Miah threatened Maleha that

if she did not continue with the relationship, he would do something to her and

her family,” he said.

“Why he should arrive at the extraordinary decision to burn down

their house is really impossible to understand. It was obviously not the

reaction of an ordinary and normal 14-year-old, however hurt he might have felt

about losing a girlfriend.”

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