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16-year-old boy and his parents get life sentences for murder of man found in car boot

Tanveer Iqbal
Tanveer Iqbal

A 16-year-old boy and his parents have been given life sentences for murdering a music shop owner whose body was found in the boot of his car.

Tanveer Iqbal, aged 33, was strangled with a rope bought just hours before his death in a killing planned by his former mistress Zatoon Bibi.

Bibi, her ex-husband Gul Nawaz, and their teenage son Kashim Nawaz, were all unanimously convicted of Mr Iqbal's murder after a month-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Kashim Nawaz

The victim, who ran a music store in Shireland Road, Smethwick, near Birmingham, was found dead in Edgbaston on February 1.

Jurors were told Mr Iqbal had been in a relationship with Bibi despite being married, an arrangement which had been accepted by his wife.

It is believed he was killed on Sunday January 31 after Bibi invited him to her home on the premise of celebrating his birthday.

Bibi, 37, of Bridgeburn Road, Bartley Green, Birmingham, was given life with a minimum term of 27 years before she can be considered for parole.

Gul Nawaz, 44, of Roway Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, was given a minimum term of 25 years, while his son, of the same address, was detained at Her Majesty's pleasure with a minimum period of six years.

Passing sentence, Judge Mark Wall QC told Bibi: "What is particularly awful is that you recruited your own son to the enterprise.

"Although he could and should have resisted your efforts to involve him, he was a young man who was devoted to his family.

"This is a case in which the murder weapon - the rope - was bought for the express purpose of killing Tanveer Iqbal. It was bought hours before the killing.

"Your position is aggravated by the fact that you were the planner of the killing. You recruited other people to it and that, in my judgment, is a significantly aggravating factor in your case."

The judge went on to tell Gul Nawaz that he did not regard him as a "prime mover" in what happened, and said Kashim Nawaz had been "ill-served" by a manipulative mother and a weak father.

The judge added: "I cannot say who played what part in the attack. None of you pleaded guilty - you Zatoon Bibi and Gul Nawaz blamed each other in evidence for the crime that you had executed together."

Commenting after the case, Detective Inspector Paul Joyce said: "This case relied largely on circumstantial evidence which, when combined, painted a compelling picture of what was a chilling and calculated pre-meditated murder.

Zatoon Bibi and her ex-husband Gul Nawaz

"The whole thing was thoroughly planned. Bibi messaged Tanveer on the Sunday afternoon to check he was still coming over - she told him she'd got cake to celebrate his birthday.

"But the reality is that she was luring him to his death because just three hours earlier her husband Gul Nawaz was in Poundland buying the murder kit ready to kill him."

Mr Iqbal's family said in a statement: "Tanveer was taken away from us in a way which has had a profound effect and changed our lives forever.

"We cannot comprehend how anyone could be so callous and cold-hearted. Tanveer was good husband, wonderful father, a loving son and an amazing brother who has been stolen from us."