Bromsgrove killer Nezam Salangy was today, Thursday, June 23, jailed for at least 18 years for murdering his wife in their pizza parlour. The scheming husband was found guilty last month of killing 28-year-old housewife Zobaidah Salangy before burying her in the woods.
Prego Pizza owner Salangy, aged 44, of Austin Road, Bromsgrove, was given life sentence with a minimum of 18 years at Worcester Crown Court. Judge Nicholas Hilliard noted that Salangy had never offered an explanation for the murder, having previously insisted she was still alive and the body found by police was not hers.
Salangy roped in his two younger brothers, who lived together at Adamscroft Place, Caerphilly, Cardiff, to help him conceal the death. Mohammed Ramin Salangy, 31, who travelled 90 miles from Cardiff to help bury the body was today given six years imprisonment for assisting an offender.
Mohammed Yasin Salangi, 34,who spells his surname differently, stayed in Cardiff at the brothers’ Manhattan Kitchens takeaway but was found guilty of covering up the crime and playing a “pivotal role” in planning to conceal the body over phone calls. He was sentenced to four years and nine months in jail.
Judge Hilliard acknowledged the two brothers acted out of “misguided loyalty” to Nezam but said they must have realised the death was due to “serious harm” being done to Zobaidah.
Nezam’s brothers both suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) from their violent experiences at the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Mohammed Ramin was a security guard for Allied Forces’ camps and Mohammed Yasin worked as an interpreter for US and British forces, gaining praise for his “exemplary” character and work.
All the brothers had fled the Taliban in Afghanistan, who were targeting them, for a better life in the UK, working hard to create businesses after gaining asylum status, the court heard. Nezam arrived in the UK in 2002 when he was 24. He initially lived in Scotland and married before moving to Birmingham as a sales manager at a cash and carry warehouse.
He settled in Bromsgrove with Zobaidah – his second wife through an arranged marriage in 2012. She was a friend of his sister’s in Afghanistan. The couple set up Prego Pizza in 2015 and lived in the flat above the shop initially before later moving into the family home in Talbot Road nearby, but the marriage turned sour.
Judge Mr Justice Hilliard, said on sentencing: “In Zobaidah’s purse that Nezam hid were photos of two of her children. She was evidently devoted to them and they were her reason for living.
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“It’s plain the marriage had been an unhappy one for some time and I’m sure Nezam had been violent to her, slapping her on occasions and pulling her hair, which is why she cut it short.
“Zobaidah said Nezam threatened to kill her every day. It’s clear the relationship had broken down. The thought of killing her must have crossed his mind.”
The Judge said he believed Nezam intended to kill his wife due to his lack of remorse, the cover up of the body and pretences afterwards that she was still alive.
Zobaidah’s family sent a heart-wrenching statement from Afghanistan, saying the “cruel” murder had affected the whole family. Zobaidah’s one sister had a miscarriage at seven months’ pregnant and another sister failed her university entrance exam.
They added that Zobaidah’s mother had become severely depressed while her father remained quiet most of the time and didn’t go out in public. They said Zobaidah’s dad “laughs less” and had not since taken part in any celebration events.
The family statement said: “The brutal and cruel murder of Zobaidah has affected our family and we are still in deep shock and misery. Zobaidah was a kind mother to her children and a responsible wife to her husband.
“During contact with the family, her sadness and suffering was obvious. She would say everything is fine and I’m taking care of the children.
“Zobaidah studied in the most difficult conditions in Afghanistan and was accepted to college with high grades. She had many aspirations for Afghanistan and the UK.
“She was very brutally taken from us and her children. We will suffer with this for the rest of our lives.This pain, suffering and misery will never go away but what may decrease our pain is if justice is served. Justice may bring comfort to all of us.”
The six week trial heard how cold-hearted killer Salangy had been stuck in a volatile, unhappy arranged marriage for eight years. Salangy, who worshipped at Birmingham Central Mosque, reported his wife missing on April 1, 2020, after his Small Heath friend nagged him to tell officers of her disappearance.
He even faked text messages from her phone to him to explain her disappearance. Texts claimed she had left him to run off with another man, but detectives later found out Salangy had buried her body under the cover of night in a makeshift grave with help from his brother, Mohammed Ramin.
It took West Mercia Police more than six months to find Zobaidah’s body in a wooded fork in the road between Copyholt Lane and Black Lake Lane, outside Bromsgrove. The first time police had searched the spot after her disappearance, they had missed finding the body by not digging deep enough.
When Zobaidah’s body was found, wrapped in bin bags and a Primark duvet that matched a set from the family home, it was too badly composed to determine a cause of death.