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Six members of the same family have been sentenced to a total of 56 and-a-half years in custody following the murder of Shahena Uddin in Watford in October 2014 in what has been described by a senior detective as one of the "most harrowing cases of domestic abuse involving coercive control, physical and mental abuse" he has ever seen.
Shahena (pictured) died after receiving a severe beating in the family home in Leavesden Road, Watford on the night of October 10th 2014.
Her family called an ambulance after they discovered her lying on the bathroom floor on the morning of October 11th and the told paramedics she had not felt well and collapsed.
Upon arrival medics noticed severe bruising on several parts of Shahena’s body and called the police.
Following a 10-week trial six members of the family were found guilty of the following charges at St Alban’s Crown Court on Thursday December 17th.
Salma Begum, 33, of Leavesden Road, Watford (Shahena’s sister – in law) was sentenced to: life in prison to serve a minimum of 18 years.
Suhail Uddin, 35, of Leavesden Road, Watford (Shahena’s brother and husband of Salma Begum) was sentenced to seven years in custody for causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and three years for conspiring to pervert the course of justice, to be served consecutively, totalling 10 years in custody.
Rehena Uddin, 22, of Leavesden Road, Watford (Shahena's sister) was sentenced to three years for causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and two years for conspiring to pervert the course of justice to be served consecutively, totalling five years.
Jhuhal Uddin, 33, of Middle Ope, Watford (Shahena's brother) was sentenced to six years in custody for causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and three years for conspiring to pervert the course of justice, to be served consecutively, totalling nine years.
Tohel Uddin, 24, of Middle Ope Watford (Shahena's brother) was sentenced to four years for causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and two-and-a-half years for conspiring to pervert the course of justice, to be served consecutively, totalling six-and-a-half years.
Jewel Uddin, 27, of Leavesden Road, Watford (Shahena's brother) was sentenced to five years for causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and three years for conspiring to pervert the course of justice, to be served consecutively, totalling eight years.
During the course of the trial the court also heard how Shahena suffered severe mental and physical abuse over a prolonged period of time at the hands of her family.
Detective Inspector Fraser Wylie said: "Firstly, in all my years as a detective, this case has been possibly one of the most harrowing cases of domestic abuse I have dealt with. How any person can inflict such violence and mental abuse on someone is beyond comprehension - and even more so when those inflicting that abuse are members of a family who were supposed to have a duty of care.
Shahena Uddin suffered unimaginable abuse both physically and mentally which was tantamount to torture. What she was subjected to - being denied water, being made to drink toilet water and being forced to eat her own faeces - are just a few of the extremely disturbing 'punishments' her family inflicted on her, isolating her and making her life agony.
The letters read out in court paint a picture of a young woman who was trapped in a life of unbearable misery. To think that a young woman in Watford in the 21st century was subjected to such cruelty in a place where she was supposed to feel safe and loved is incomprehensible an there are no words to fully portray the inhumane cruelty she was subjected to. Shahena's death must not be in vain.
The sentence passed today on these individuals - the people who were supposed to love and care for Shahena - reflects the law's view on such actions. I would firstly like to thank the significant witnesses in this case who have shown immense determination and courage throughout this trial.
As a society, and in honour of Shahena's memory, the best tribute we can all give her is to prevent this from happening again. We all have a duty of care to each other and prevent people from such suffering. If you are being subjected to Domestic Abuse, or you know someone who is, please speak out - there is help available."
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