London, Feb.6 : A judge here has declared three women guilty for ignoring a murder that took place in their own house.
Two sisters - Nazia Naureen, 28, and Uzma Khan, 23, and their mother - Phullan Bibi, 52, were charged with turning a blind eye to the killing of 19-year-old Sabia Rani by her husband and their brother/son Shahzad Khan.
Sabia had 15 broken ribs and bruising in over 85 per cent of her body. According to a pathologist, she looked like a victim of a catastrophic road accident.
According to The Times, Khan was convicted of her murder a year ago. Yesterday his mother, his sisters and Uzma's husband Majid Hussain, 28, were all found guilty of allowing the death of a vulnerable adult under the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004.
The judge told the family that they should be prepared for custodial sentences before they were bailed overnight to reappear before the court today.
As the jury delivered the verdicts all three women began wailing and shouting in the dock.
The sisters hugged each other screaming "not guilty, not guilty" while their mother stood up and shouted abuse, slamming her hands down on the bench, before collapsing on the floor.
The court was told that the young victim had been brought up in rural Pakistan and had married Shazad Khan, her cousin, in December 2002. Sabia came to England in 2005 and spoke no English. She stayed with Khan in Leeds, and was killed in May 2006.