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24 February 2012, 13:11 | Updated: 24 February 2012, 13:40
A 44-year-old man from Aylesbury has today been jailed for life for killing his wife at their home last March.
Mohammed Tariq Aziz was found guilty of killing 41-year-old Zarina Bibi and has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 22 years.
Zarina was found dead with multiple head injuries at the family home in Glaven Street, Walton Court, on March 16 last year.
Her husband had taken out an insurance policy on her life a short time before her death, was arrested the following day and later charged with her murder.
Detective Chief Inspector Vince Grey, from Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said:
"We are pleased with the decision that the jury has reached today in the trial of Mohammed Tariq Aziz.
"Aziz killed his wife Zarina Bibi because of his growing financial difficulties. He tried to make her death look like an accident so that he could claim on her life insurance policy.
"His actions on that day left five children without their mother and their father has now been convicted of their death. No-one should have to go through such a horrendous ordeal and we hope that they are able to piece their lives back together.”
Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said:
"Mohammed Tariq Aziz murdered his wife Zarina Bibi because he was in financial difficulties.
"He attempted to disguise the killing as an accident, and later suggested that it had been carried out by someone else.
"He was traced because of thorough detective work, which revealed small spots of his wife’s blood on his shoes. He attempted to suggest that the blood might be the result of his wife suffering from nose bleeds, although he made no mention of this to the authorities until the trial.
"He tried to persuade two of his children to lie to the police on his behalf, but eventually they told the police about the pressure he had put on them. The conviction today means that the jury were in no doubt that Mohammed Tariq Aziz was the killer, despite his denials.
"It leaves Zarina Bibi’s five children deprived of a dearly loved mother and her wider family tragically bereaved as well. Our thoughts remain with them all at this time."