Kurdish Muslim refugee from Saddam Hussein's Iraq
was jailed for life today for cutting his
daughter's throat because she had become too
Yones, 48, killed his daughter Heshu, 16, and then
tried to take his own life after she had planned
to run away from home after starting a
relationship with a Lebanese Christian
detectives said it was one of the most tragic
cases they ever had to deal with.
asked to be executed for what he called his
"appalling" crime, but Judge Neil Denison told him
that he had no such power.
was the first person to plead guilty to murder in
a so-called “honour killing” case because he
perceived that her relationship with a non-Muslim
brought shame on the family.
believe there were 12 such killings in Britain
last year, including six in London, and have vowed
to investigate other members of the community who
may have colluded to help cover up the
Neil Denison said today at the Old Bailey before
jailing Yones: "This is, in any view, a tragic
story arising out of irreconcilable cultural
differences between traditional Kurdish values and
the values of western
body was found in the bloodstained bathroom of the
family home in Acton, West London, on October 12
last year. A kitchen knife was protruding from her
neck and was bent out of
court was told that Yones then tried and failed to
take his own life after killing his daughter. He
slashed his wrist and jumped from a 25-foot
balcony. He was later hospitalised for four
a schoolgirl at the William Morris academy in
Fulham, west London, was a "bubbly, cheeky,
fun-loving girl, popular at school and with her
friends," according to John McGuinness QC,
father, a strict Muslim, did not approve of her
western lifestyle. She wanted to be with her
friends and use a mobile phone quite often.
was tension at home particularly with her father.
He was not happy with her lifestyle and wanted her
to live within the Muslim religion and cultural
had plans to run away from home just days before
her father killed her. Letters produced in court
indicated that she had been the victim of domestic
violence by her father.
for an older man you have a good strong punch and
kick. I hope you enjoyed testing your strength on
me, it was fun being on the receiving end. Well
done," one letter said.
began a sexual relationship with her boyfriend who
she had met at school.
relationships before marriage were strictly
forbidden under Muslim law especially with someone
outside the religion, said Mr McGuinness.
court was told that Yones was given political
asylum in Britain when he arrived from Kurdistan
ten years ago, but found it difficult to adjust to
been the victim of a gas attack and his family and
many of their friends had suffered greatly at the
hands of Saddam Hussein, the court was
Denison told Yones: "It is plain you strongly and
genuinely disapproved of the lifestyle in this
country of your daughter and the fact that was
affecting her schoolwork.
having said that, the killing and the manner of it
was, as you have recognised, an appalling act.
That is why immediately after and then again last
month, you tried to take your own life. I accept
that is still your intention.
there is only one sentence that the law allows me
to pass where the crime is murder and that is the
sentence I do pass - life."
Inspector Brent Hyatt, from the Metropolitan
Police, said: "There was no excuse or even
rational reason for this. It is one of the most
tragic cases I have ever dealt with".