Raging axeman butchered my aunt and maimed my uncle in family feud – I found a bloodbath as I tried to save them

A FURIOUS dad killed his daughter’s new in-laws after becoming enraged that she had married their son against his wishes.

The heartbroken nephew of Ishrat Ahmed and her husband Afaq discovered the bloody scene after they were brutally attacked with an axe at their home in Nelson, Lancs, last year.

Mohammed Yaqub Malik, 58, was jailed for 13 years on Friday after pleading guilty to manslaughter and wounding.

He was found not guilty of murder and attempted murder by a jury at Preston Crown Court, after the court heard he had “lost control”.

Malik killed Ishrat, 52, with a single blow to the back of the head and her husband Afaq, 56, was left in a serious condition.

His daughter, Fatima, had married their son Wasim Ahmed against his wishes – with the couple’s nephew Tariq Mushtaq describing the bloodbath.

Tariq told LancsLive: "I live just a few doors down from my aunt and uncle and I was just about to start my prayers when I heard a knock on my door.

"This woman was stood hammering on my door shouting 'uncle, uncle, quick, quick' so I got my slippers on and ran up and as soon as I opened the front door it was just utter carnage. There was blood splattered everywhere.

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"I saw my aunt first, she was sort of sat with her back to the wall, and I thought she had maybe fainted because I couldn't see any injuries so I ran to my uncle in the kitchen.

"I could see his wounds from a distance. I kneeled next to him and said 'everything is alright, I'm here' and tried to keep him calm.

“I didn't realise how serious my aunt's injuries were until the ambulance arrived and they couldn't wake her up."

The jury heard that Malik had been “seriously provoked” by Wasim in the days leading up to the attack.

Malik and his wife refused to attend the wedding of Wasim and Fatima, with her husband being accused of sending prostitutes to the house and posting fake social media posts.

His family had called Lancashire Police earlier in the day after Wasim allegedly posted “sexual material” about his daughter online.

In a victim impact statement, victim Afaq Ahmed said: "I do not know where to begin to tell you about this wonderful caring human being who is no longer with us.

“Ishrat was my wife of 32 years. She was my best friend, my soulmate, my rock and support system. Losing my wife is like my heart has been ripped out of me, like a void that will never be filled."

Preston Crown Court heard that Malik wanted to “avenge the humiliation” Wasim had heaped upon him.  


Healthcare worker Malik got back into his car and drove home, before stopping to ask someone if they knew where Wasim was while covered in blood.

Tariq and the Ahmed family have been left “unable to fathom” why he was not convicted of murder.

He added: "We're really grateful to the police and I know they really wanted a murder conviction.

"I feel sorry for them too. They did their best and were such a massive support to us.

"Throughout this awful ordeal we have tried to maintain our dignity and prayed for justice through the legal system which unfortunately we have not been given but we remain united and stronger than ever and are determined that nothing tarnishes the precious memories and loving legacy of our beloved relative who stood for peace and compassion for everyone.

"We now have to carry on rebuilding our lives in the most difficult of circumstances but we will do so through prayer and by supporting each other and never forgetting the principles of loving family that Mrs Ahmed our beloved one always stood for.

"We have remained dignified throughout but we are really disappointed with the verdict. As a family it's difficult for us to understand.”

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