Man who murdered ex-wife in salon fire jailed for life

Khayatzadeh Ahdieh Khayatzadeh died following a fire at the Venus Hair and Beauty salon in Stirling

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A man who burned his ex-wife to death after dousing her with petrol has been jailed for life.

Ahmad Yazdanparast will serve a minimum of 19 years behind bars for the murder of his former wife Ahdieh Khayatzadeh, who suffered burns to 95% of her body in the attack in Stirling in October.

Before she died she told a paramedic that Yazdanparast, 61, had done it because she divorced him.

Judge Lady Wise said the attack was "premeditated and callous".

She described 46-year-old Ms Khayatzadeh as a "lovely woman" and a good mother, telling Yazdanparast: "Your actions have deprived her children of her company.

"You planned to murder her in the most horrific attack imaginable.

"Your ex-wife had full thickness burns to 95 per cent of her body. There was no possibility of her surviving. You have shown no remorse for the premeditated and callous attack on her.

"It appears your actions were motivated by anger at your wife for having the temerity to divorce you. You decided she could not be free of you and live."

Footage released by the Crown Office shows Ahmad Yazdanparast buying petrol then entering his ex-wife's salon and leaving after setting it on fire

Yazdanparast, who maintains his innocence, shouted "I am not a killer, Lady Wise," as he was led away to the cells.

During his trial the kebab shop owner claimed he had acted in self-defence after being assaulted.

He was caught on CCTV buying fuel from a local petrol station before entering the Venus Hair and Beauty salon run by his former wife.

Hand-written cards in English and Farsi were found scattered around the salon in Stirling reading "enough is enough" and "game is over", accusing Ms Khayatzadeh of adultery.

Detectives found traces of petrol on her clothing and on a piece of plastic in the basement salon.

Firefighters who brought Ms Khayatzadeh out of the building said she was in a "horrendous condition", but "very much conscious".

Forensics officers Forensics specialists found petrol at the scene of the fire

Yazdanparast, who was also badly burned during the attack, claimed his ex-wife had thrown something at him and said he had felt a burning sensation.

He claimed she had been having an affair, and during their divorce hearing last year said she was becoming "westernised".

He had a previous conviction for attacking his wife, and she had previously contacted police over threats he made to kill her and pour acid over her face.

Yazdanparast was also due back in court the week after the murder amid a legal battle with Ms Khayatzadeh over a flat that was meant to be sold as part of their divorce.

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  80.  
    08:34: "Off day" for Bolt?

    He may be the most popular athlete in the world, but Usain Bolt has risked the wrath of Glaswegians by calling the Commonwealth Games "a bit s***".

    Usain Bolt poses with children at Glasgow 2014

    Speaking to The Times newspaper, Bolt, who is set to run for Jamaica in the 4 x 100m relay at Hampden on Friday and Saturday, said "the Olympics were better".

    A spokesman for the Commonwealth Games Federation dismissed Bolt's comments and described Glasgow 2014 as "fantastic". He added that the athletics superstar must be "having an off day".

     
  81.  
    08:30: Listen live
    Gary Robertson

    Click on the link at the top of page to listen to Gary Robertson and Hayley Millar on Good Morning Scotland.

     
  82.  
    08:08: Record breaking

    Glasgow 2014 is Scotland's most successful ever Games following Tuesday's men's team gymnastics silver.

    Scotland's Jen McIntosh

    Swimmer Daniel Wallace added to that tally when he won silver in the men's 200m individual medley after arriving at the pool wearing a kilt.

    Shooter Jen McIntosh, pictured above, also won silver in the 50m rifle 3 positions - becoming the first Scottish woman to win five Commonwealth medals in the process.

    And a bronze at the end of the day for hammer thrower Mark Dry at Hampden Park took the host nation's medal tally to 37.

     
  83.  
    08:02: Bigger and better Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    If you click on the Scotland Live link on the BBC News Scotland homepage, you'll notice that we've moved to a new and improved format.

    The main change is that the page is bigger, brighter and more lively and we'll be able to bring you more high quality pictures and video.

    If you click on the Key Video tab, you'll find video highlights of Team Scotland's successes in swimming, shooting and gymnastics, and footage of Princes William and Harry meeting Usain Bolt.

    We hope you like it - let us know what you think using Twitter #ScotlandLive or by email.

     
  84.  
    07:35: Games travel BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    There's lots going on at the SECC precinct today, so Exhibition Centre station will be particularly busy.

    If you're going to the athletics at Hampden, don't forget to leave plenty of time for your journey - Mount Florida station is likely to be exceptionally busy. Shuttle buses are running from the city centre.

    On the roads, the Clyde Expressway eastbound is restricted near Finnieston Street, so only use it for essential journeys and expect delays if you do.

    In Edinburgh, diving gets under way at the Royal Commonwealth Pool this morning, with restrictions in place around Holyroodpark Road and Dalkeith Road.

     
  85.  
    07:27: Good Morning Scotland BBC Radio Scotland

    Hayley Miller and Gary Robertson are live on BBC Radio Scotland with all the latest national and international news and analysis, including a preview of the day's sporting action at Glasgow 2014.

    Listen online here.

     
  86.  
    07:15: Today's weather BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    It's a cloudy start for many of us with some outbreaks of rain across parts of the west from Argyll stretching across to Dundee and north of the Great Glen.

    The showers will become less frequent and more scattered during the morning and it will continue to brighten up as we go into the afternoon. It'll be mainly dry with some brightness in the east for much of the day, with more sunshine coming through for the afternoon.

    It'll be a noticeably breezy day with a fresh westerly - strong along the north coast and up through the Northern Isles. Winds ease as we go through the afternoon, with temperatures holding up at 20C to 21C at best, most likely through Inverness and down the east coast from Aberdeen, down through Dundee and Edinburgh.

    Closer to 18C in and around the Glasgow area, 17C for the Western Isles and a cooler and fresher 15C up through the Northern Isles.

     
  87.  
    06:55: Welcome Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Live, your minute-by-minute guide to all the action and atmosphere at day seven of Glasgow 2014.

    We will, of course, also bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

    Let us know what you think and send us your pics. You can tweet us using #ScotlandLive, email us here or text using 80295.

     

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