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Bradford man who fled to Pakistan convicted of wife’s murder

Murderer: Danish Irfan, aged 22, of Alford Terrace, Bradford

Murderer: Danish Irfan, aged 22, of Alford Terrace, Bradford

A man from Bradford who murdered his wife and then fled to Pakistan to evade justice has been jailed for life.

Danish Irfan, 22, of Alford Terrace, was today (Tuesday) found guilty by a jury at Bradford Crown Court of murdering Ridda Zanab in November last year.

He must serve a minimum term of 16 years before his release can be considered.

Police were called to Irfan’s house in Alford Terrace in the early hours of Monday, November 4, last year, after receiving a report of concern for safety.

When they gained entry to the property, they found the body of his 21-year-old wife in an upstairs bedroom.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detailed enquiries by West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services Department revealed that Irfan had fled to Pakistan, which led to the issue of an international arrest warrant.

Irfan returned to the UK in February and was arrested on arrival at Manchester Airport.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley, of West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services Department, said: “Irfan brutally murdered his wife in the family home in Bradford and then fled to Pakistan in a bid to evade capture.

“Following work with the international authorities, we were able to secure his voluntary return to the country to face justice.

“He has today been found guilty of murdering Ridda Zanab and has been sentenced accordingly.

“Our sympathies remain with Ridda’s family and especially her young daughter, who will sadly grow up without her mother.”

 

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