Man jailed for the honour killing of his wife.
Thursday 5th June 2014 @ 14:44 by Anna Fletcher
Gorton & Openshaw News
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A man who planned and orchestrated the honour-killing of his wife has been jailed.Thirty-four-year-old Ahmed Al-Khatib, of Knutsford Road in Gorton, was convicted yesterday of the murder of Rania Alayed after a month long trial at Manchester Crown Court.

He was sentenced to life with a minimum of 20 years in prison.

Twenty-five-year-old Rania Alayed had been invited to a flat in Salford, unaware that her husband would be there as well. Moments after her arrival he murdered her. It’s believed that their three young children were in the room next door.

Al-Khatib then enrolled the help of his brothers to conceal and dispose of Rania’s body, which still hasn’t been found.

The court heard he then began an elaborate deception to convince her family and friends she was still alive. He sent texts and messages and even dressed in a head scarf in an attempt to pass himself off as his wife on CCTV.

Al-Khatib’s older brother, Muhaned Al-Khatib, earlier pleaded guilty perverting the course of justice and was jailed for three years.

A third brother, thirty-five-year-old Hussain Al-Khateeb, also of Knutsford Road in Gorton, was yesterday convicted of perverting the course of justice and sentenced to four years in prison.

The prosecution said Ms Alayed had been killed for becoming “too westernised” and “establishing an independent life”.