[25 JAN 01]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Husband Sobs As He Appeals For
husband of a woman murdered by arsonists in Coventry has tearfully
told how he has “lost everything” since her death.
Zareen sobbed as he appealed for witnesses to come forward with
information about the killers of Nasrin Akhtar.
died from the effects of smoke inhalation at the family home in
Queen Mary’s Road, Foleshill after a blaze was started there
deliberately on 10 January shortly after midnight.
two daughters, aged three and one, were left in a critical
condition but have since left hospital.
Zareen, who was in Pakistan at the time, is trying help them
understand what has happened to their mother.
told a press conference:
have lost my wife and they have lost their mother. They are too
young. I can’t think why or how this happened.
anyone saw anything please ring the police.”
Mr Zareen was led away to be comforted by relatives, police said
they were looking for two white youths seen at the door of the
house shortly before the fire was discovered.
Iain O’Brien, who is leading a team of 30 officers on the murder
hunt, said four teenagers spotted nearby had since been identified
and eliminated from the enquiry.
said the one of the two new suspects had been wearing
a dark baseball cap with a cut at the back and possibly
with a logo on the front.
is believed they may have left the scene going down Victory
Road. We don’t know how relevant this is, but we need to find
out who they are.
was a callous and deliberate act that resulted in the murder of
Nasrin Akhtar and almost took the lives of her two young
believe there are people in the community who may know
something. They might think it not to be relevant but I would
appeal for these people to come forward.”
from a prepared statement on behalf of Mr Zareen, who was too
distressed to read it himself, DI O'Brien added:
was a loving wife to me and a wonderfully devoted mother to our
young daughters. We are a close family an we are devastated that
she has been taken from us in this way.
were married for ten years and have two beautiful daughters.
Nasrin's unnecessary death has totally destroyed our lives.
is responsible for causing the fire has not only caused the
death of my wife, but also tried to take the lives my children,
who are thankfully now on the road to recovery."
Zareen, a shopkeeper, aged 44, will be joined by friends at
relatives tomorrow at Mrs Akhtar’s funeral.
couple’s daughters Aysha, aged 18 months, and Bakhtwar, have
since been released from hospital and are recovering from their
with information about the arson attack should call police at the
incident room on 024 7653 9160 or anonymously on 08000 555111.
[12 JAN 01] YOUTHS SOUGHT
IN COVENTRY MURDER HUNT