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Husband and accomplice jailed for life over Leeds woman's murder

Akshar Ali and Yasmin Ahmed murdered Sinead Wooding

A man has been jailed for life for murdering his wife before dumping her body in woodland in Leeds and setting it alight.

A court heard that Akshar Ali, 27, was involved in a "volatile" relationship with mother-of-four Sinead Wooding before he attacked her with a hammer and a knife in May last year.

It is believed they were about to separate and had argued about the future of their children on the night of the incident.

A jury found Ali guilty of murdering Ms Wooding at the home of accomplice Yasmin Ahmed in Reginald Mount, Potternewton, Leeds.

They kept her in a cellar for two days before disposing of her body in Alwoodley, where it was discovered by joggers.

Ahmed was also found guilty of murder and jailed for life. Both she and Ali will serve a minimum of 22 years

The judge, Mr Justice Langstaff, told Ali: "You and your wife were on the point of separating. Your relationship was volatile. Both of you were from time to time guilty of violence towards each other.

"You were, in my view more violent towards her than she was towards you. You could be violent when sober whilst she was aggressive while in drink."

He told both defendants: "The motives are obscure but it's probably far less a motive in your case, Ahmed, than was the case of Ali.

"There is no evidence of any serious hostility between you and the victim."

Vicky Briggs, 25, of Throstle Road, Middleton, who was found guilty of assisting an offender by helping clean up and burn material after the murder in May 2017, was jailed for four years.