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Two men guilty of Mahmood Ahmad 'severed thumb' murder

Mahmood Ahmad
Image caption No other remains of Mahmood Ahmad have ever been recovered

Two men have been convicted of murdering a restaurant worker from Hertfordshire whose severed thumb was found three days after his kidnap.

Mahmood Ahmad's thumb was found near an office in Ilford, Essex, in March 2010 after possibly dropping from a bird's beak, St Albans Crown Court was told.

Mohammed Riaz was found guilty of murdering his brother-in-law. Sharif Mohammed was also convicted of murder.

No other remains of the 40-year-old from Watford have yet been found.

The court heard that Mr Ahmad's sister Nahid had left her husband Mohammed Riaz in 2008 and gone into hiding after he was violent towards her.

The jury was told Riaz, of no fixed address, was behind the murder.

Mr Ahmad, of Radlett Road, was kidnapped and taken to an east London flat where he was tortured in a bid to make him reveal his sister's whereabouts.

Image caption Mohammed Riaz was the mastermind behind the murder, the court heard

The court heard shouts of "leave me alone" and screams of terror were later heard coming from a flat.

Riaz, 33, was also convicted of conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to falsely imprison and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Mohammed, 37, who is Riaz's brother and lived at Vista Drive, Ilford, was convicted of the same charges.

Amirzada Hussain, 37, from Churston Avenue, Plaistow, east London, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter and conspiracy to falsely imprison.

Faisal Chowdhury, 18, from Newham, in east London, and Arnold Yousaf, 19, from Cann Hall Road, east London, were cleared of murder but convicted of conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to falsely imprison.

Riaz's sister Sabra Sultana, 36 ,from Kiwi Terrace, Ilford, was cleared of conspiracy to falsely imprison, but convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The six defendants are due to be sentenced on Monday 28 March.

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