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Father kills daughter for honour, gets life term

In another case of honour killing, Heshu Yones' father cut her throat because she had a Christian boyfriend.

india Updated: Dec 25, 2003 21:34 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt

The Scotland Yard is deeply worried about the tide of "culture clash violence" against women that has resulted in 12 honour killings this year. The brutality with which such murders are committed emerged during the trial of a Kurdish Muslim father at the Old Bailey.

 Honour killing victim Heshu Yones

He murdered his 16-year-old daughter by stabbing her 11 times and then cutting her throat with a kitchen knife because she was seeing a Christian boyfriend, a Lebanese Christian who was a fellow pupil. She had sexual relationship with him and spent most of her time in his company.

The court was told that Abdalla Yones, 48, cut his daughter Heshu's throat and left her to bleed to death. He had subjected her to months of beatings before the final frenzied attack. He had after the crime tried to take his own life and jumped from the 25 feet balcony.

When interviewed by the police he said that Al-Qaeda supporters, who had broken into the house and threw him from the balcony, killed his daughter. He decided last week to come clean and admitted murdering her because of her western ways that brought shame to the family.

Her last "runaway" note to her father told of the torment she suffered when he beat her frequently. The note said: "Bye dad, sorry I was so much trouble. Me and you will probably never understand each other. But I'm sorry I wasn't what you wanted but there are some things you can't change."

"Hey, for an older man you have a good strong punch and kick. I hope you enjoyed testing your strength on me, it was fun being on the receiving end. WELL DONE!"

She told him that she would try to find some job and lead an independent life. While her mother and brother had gone out, Abdalla killed Heshu. The judge at the Old Bailey gave him life sentence, although Yones asked to be given death penalty. He was told that the death penalty was abolished in this country long ago.

Cdr Andy Baker, head of the Metropolitan Police's serious crime directorate, said they knew it was honour killing, "but that is a misnomer. There is no honour in murdering another human being." He warned that the police would come down heavily on anyone found guilty.

The Yard is very concerned because six honour killings have been committed in London in less than a year. Women's groups and lawyers claim that more similar types of crimes against women have taken place.

Hannana Siddiqui of Southall Black Sisters said that women were often victimised just because they wanted to go the university or did not want to marry someone of their family's choice. Rita Rupal, director of the Newham Asian Women's Project said she has dealt with 444 cases of domestic violence against women in the past 12 months. The in-laws is trouble here too.

First Published: Dec 25, 2003 21:33 IST