Birmingham & Black Country

Alum Rock man murdered wife in Bangladesh land dispute

Mohammed Liaqat Ali Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Mohammed Liaqat Ali will be sentenced for murder at the beginning of February

A man has been found guilty of murdering his wife in a dispute about land in their native Bangladesh.

Mohammed Liaqat Ali was convicted of killing Lilima Aktar Munny at the home they shared in Pelham Road in Alum Rock, Birmingham.

Ms Aktar's body was found by police in June 2013 after being alerted by family when she did not collect her children after school.

A post-mortem examination found that she died from pressure to the neck.

'Violent attack'

Ali, 37, first moved to the UK in 1998 before returning to Bangladesh to marry Ms Aktar in 2004.

A year later the couple came back to live in Birmingham, but police said the relationship broke down when Ali became involved in a dispute over land in Bangladesh with Ms Aktar's mother.

Ali was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday 24 January, and is due to be sentenced in the first week of February.

Det Sgt Ranj Sangha from West Midlands Police said: "This was a tragic case where a long-running argument over land in Bangladesh has resulted in Lilima losing her life.

"It was a violent attack against an innocent woman in her home that has left her family completely devastated by what happened."

Ms Aktar had two young daughters.

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