Birmingham & Black Country

Illegal immigrant Qasim Khan jailed for stabbing Sulina Ullah

Qasim Khan
Image caption Qasim Khan spent 15 months on the run

An illegal immigrant who stabbed his female housemate in Birmingham has been jailed for seven years.

Qasim Khan, 38, attacked Sulina Ullah, 31, in November 2011 in Glovers Road, Small Heath.

Khan then went on the run for 15 months until a BBC Crimewatch appeal led to him being recognised by a member of the public.

After completing his sentence he will be immediately deported to his native Afghanistan.

'Nasty attack'

Khan said the stabbing was an accident and told Birmingham Crown Court Miss Ullah had "fallen on to the knife."

After Khan was sentenced on Friday, West Midlands Police said he had been harassing Miss Ullah in the days before the attack.

"Sulina's injuries were initially life-threatening and she spent several days in hospital," said Det Con Rob Clarke.

"It was a nasty, unprovoked attack on an innocent woman."

Mr Clarke thanked the member of the public for contacting police after the Crimewatch programme.

"It just goes to show how just one call can make all the difference," he said.

More on this story

Around the BBC

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites