1. ITV Report

Man found guilty of Bradford woman's murder jailed for life

A man who murdered his partner - a woman from Bradford - at the home they shared in Derby has been jailed for 33 years.

Credit: Derbyshire Police

Ataul Mustfa denied murdering Sobhia Khan but was found guilty following a trial at Derby Crown Court.

The body of 37-year-old Sobhia, originally from Manningham, was found at their home in Pear Tree Crescent in May 2017.

Sohbia Khan

She had suffered multiple injuries, including burns and severe bruising.

The court heard how Mustfa, 36, had been given a hospital order in 2009 for causing grievous bodily harm to his then partner. He was later released and moved back to Derby.

“Mustfa never accepted any responsibility or provided an account of what happened to Sobhia. On the evening of the murder, he booked a plane ticket from Manchester to Islamabad so he clearly believed fleeing the country was an option for him to avoid taking responsibility for his actions.

“His narcissistic and sadistic grooming of Sobhia led her to Derby and within weeks of arriving, she had been tortured over several days and brutally murdered. This included being branded with an iron on three separate sites of her body, being punched, kicked and hit with weapons.

“Mustfa wanted to exert control and power over women. He was previously given a hospital order for assaulting his former partner, who thankfully managed to escape. The similarities between her injuries and those suffered by Sobhia were striking.

“He chose not to give evidence during his trial, providing no answers or comfort to Sobhia’s family in terms of finding out what happened during her final hours.”

– DCI Emlyn Richards