Wife stabbed by ex for mistakenly thinking she was in relationship with boyfriend

Abid Mahmood, 35, stormed into Tamby Dowling’s home in Oldham armed with a knife – he stabbed her eight times

The victim, named Tamby Dowling, was tragically found with stab wounds
The victim, Tamby Dowling, was tragically found with stab wounds

A woman was stabbed by her ex who mistakenly believed she was in a relationship with her best friend or brother.

Abid Mahmood, 35, showed up at Tamby Dowling’s home with a knife months after the couple split.

Mahmood barged into her home in Oldham and beat her before stabbing her. He stabbed Tamby eight times, inflicting some wounds close to her heart.

A friend of 36-year-old Tamby described the murder as an act of “purely calculated evil”. The Manchester Evening News reports.

Mahmood had taken a taxi to her home in Chadderton. He spent about two and a half minutes indoors during the murder before getting back into the cab.

Tamby was stabbed eight times



“I can hear screams in my head, pray for me brother,” Mahmood told the taxi driver after getting back in the car.

He later turned himself in at a police station and handed over the blood-stained knife he used to kill Tamby, who was described as a “beautiful, kind-hearted soul”.

He told an officer he felt like “killing someone”. Mahmood’s face was described as “demonic” at the time.

Manchester Crown Court heard he had suffered from “extensive” mental health problems since he was young and had been diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder.

Mahmood pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility, a plea accepted by prosecutors. He is currently being held in the secure ward of Prestwich Hospital receiving mental health treatment.

His lawyer said Mahmood “begged” to be placed in sectionals before the murder, claiming he was not given adequate assistance.

Jaime Hamilton QC said there had previously been a “series” of incidents where Mahmood had been “aggressive and unreasonable” towards Tamby.

Before the murder, he had called Tamby 17 times.

Tributes were paid at the scene of the tragedy


Mahmood, who has previous convictions for violent and drug offenses, showed up at her home just before 7pm on November 8 last year.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene, but she was pronounced dead within the hour.

In the weeks before, he had told psychiatrists that his ex-partner was in relationships with people close to him, including his brother and best friend, and of his intent to harm himself or others.

Mr Hamilton said these were paranoid beliefs that were not true. He argued that it was a premeditated crime and that Mahmood intended to kill his ex.

The couple split in March last year. The court was told the split came after Tamby described Mahmood’s “escalating” mental health issues.

Mahmood spent about two and a half minutes inside the house during the murder


Shalina Miah, one of Tamby’s best friends, paid a moving tribute to her. She said: “Tamby was one of the kind hearted, fun loving and goofy people you could ever meet. She could make you laugh without even trying.

“She really was a beautiful, kind hearted soul. She wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

Two of her sisters also paid tribute to their sibling.

Stacey Hawley said: “My sister was a loving, kind and caring person and would do anything for her friends.

“Hearing my dad howling and crying while my mom said Tamby was gone, I can’t get that out of my head.” Lisa Hawley added, “She was the kindest, most amazing, fun-loving sister, daughter, aunt, of all of us family meant the world.”

Frida Hussain QC defended that he intended to kill Tamby, arguing instead that he intended to cause serious harm. She said Mahmood was “begged” and “begged” to be sectioned before the killing and made “sincere” and sustained efforts to seek help.

“He could not resist the commands of the voices telling him to harm others,” Ms Hussain said. “He wasn’t treated the way he should have been then,” she said.

She said his prescription was reduced in the period leading up to the killing. The verdict is due to be announced next week.

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