Poplar solicitor sentenced to life for murdering wife

A solicitor who beat his wife to death in their Poplar home was sentenced at the old Bailey to life in prison today.

Mohammed Habib Rahman, 32, of Cassilis Road, battered 32-year-old Jasmin Chowdhury in their flat, leaving her with fatal head injuries on December 17 2011.

Her family were alerted to the attack after receiving a string of texts from Rahman, including one which read: “Come take your sister’s dead body from my flat.”

Although paramedics took her to the Royal London Hospital, she died three days later.

In a statement, Jasmin’s family said they were “devastated by the loss of our sister”.

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“We wanted justice for her. Jasmin was a kind, caring, thoughtful, selfless and beautiful person. We miss her dearly and love her so much.

“Words cannot describe how traumatised we are, having had our sister taken away from us forever in such a horrific manner.”

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Acting Chief Inspector John Nicholson, from the Met Police, said: “Rahman is a violent man and it is clear his wife had suffered at his hands before. During the investigation a friend of Jasmin’s told us she had seen her with previous ‘accidental’ injuries including a black eye and a broken finger, although Jasmin never contacted police.”

He added: “We are satisfied at the conviction and would urge anyone suffering from domestic violence to get in touch with police. We take all cases extremely seriously and this tragic murder shows just what can happen if matters escalate.”

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