Nezam Salangy was found guilty in Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday of killing his eight-year-old wife, Zobaidah Salangy, on March 28, 2020
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A pizzeria owner has been convicted of murdering his wife and leaving her in a forest grave.
Despite extensive searches, the grave remained undiscovered by the police for more than six months.
Nezam Salangy, 44, was found guilty in Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday of killing his eight-year-old wife, Zobaidah Salangy, on March 28, 2020.
He then buried her body in the woods near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, under cover of darkness.
Salangy’s younger brothers Mohammed Yasin, 34, and Mohammed Ramin Salangy, 31, who worked at another pizza shop, were also convicted, along with their older brother, of assisting a perpetrator and helping him cover up the crime .
Ramin traveled 90 miles by taxi from his and Yasin’s home in Cardiff, Wales, to help with the victim’s funeral.
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Yasin assisted in the crime by covering up knowledge of the murder and unmarked burial, with telephone evidence sealing his guilt.
It took the jury 13 hours and 55 minutes to reach a unanimous verdict.
Salangy later reported his wife to police as missing, telling them “she went for a jog and never came back” after leaving him for a “new boyfriend,” prosecutors said.
None of the men initially showed any reaction when the verdicts were read and “unusually”, as Mr Justice Hilliard told the 11-member jury, none had chosen to testify at their own trial.
But as Nezam left the dock, flanked by security guards, he stared for several seconds at six West Mercia Police detectives who had been conducting the investigation and told them: “You guys set me up.”
One of the other brothers, as he was led down the stairs to the court cells, said, “This is the wrong decision.”
Shortly after the men were led downstairs, the court security alarm went off and a commotion was heard.
Simon Denison QC opened up the Crown’s case at the start of the six-week trial, saying it was an “unfortunate fact” of the case that Ms Salangy’s body was initially overlooked by police when a first dig was carried out at the site near the Worcestershire village took place Lower Bentley took place in April 2020.
Because of the “six and a half months between her death and the discovery of her body,” it was impossible to determine the exact cause of the 28-year-old’s death, he said.
Mr Denison said: “They took a hard layer of earth that they reached to be a natural base that nobody would dig under.
“So they called off the search there and didn’t find the body at this point.”
However, police – “convinced she must be there” – returned to the site in October 2020 and this time found “Zobaidah’s body”.
Ms Salangy was tied up with curtain wire and wrapped in black garbage bags and a duvet cover.
This duvet matched the pillowcases found at the couple’s three-bed terrace address in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, not far from Salangy’s Prego Pizza shop.
Her phone was also found hidden behind other items wrapped in bubble wrap on a high shelf in the pizzeria, along with a second phone that Salangy used to make arrangements with his two brothers to cover up the murder.
Salangy’s fingerprints were found on the box that contained both phones.
The victim’s black purse, which contained her driver’s license and cash, was also discovered with her cell phone.
On March 27, the day before Ms Salangy’s disappearance, jurors overheard the couple “arguing bitterly” with part of the video of the crash being captured by Salangy on his cell phone.
In the footage, Ms Salangy said: “Keep filming for the eight years he destroys my life”.
The prosecutor said that the next day “Zobaidah Salangy disappeared from the face of the earth”.
In the days that followed, Salangy told People his wife had left him “for good” and claimed she had sent text messages telling about a “new friend who was intending to leave Britain – which she hated – and return to Afghanistan”.
The jury heard that Ms Salangy had been a mathematics teacher in Afghanistan and that her marriage to Salangy, who was then already living in the UK, was an arranged marriage in November 2012.
She moved to the UK in October 2013 to live with Salangy.
The jury was told that the victim attended night school’s English classes twice a week, either to resume math classes or to become a midwife.
Mr Denison told jurors “the full picture of what these defendants have done is becoming absolutely clear”.
He added it was a crime that was “really shocking and desperately sad.”
Salangy, from Bromsgrove, and Yasin and Ramin Salangy, both from Cardiff, were informed by Mr Justice Hilliard that they would be sentenced on a June date.
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