Northfield couple convicted of murdering businessman Tanveer Iqbal

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Three people have been convicted of murdering Tanveer Iqbal who was found dead in the boot of his car on a street in Edgbaston.

Zatoon Bibi, Gul Nawaz
Zatoon Bibi, Gul Nawaz

Zatoon Bibi, Gul Nawaz and their 16-year-old son, Kashim Nawaz, were found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court today following a six week trial.

Another teenager – a girl aged 17 – had already admitted perverting the course of justice.

Key Facts:

  • Shop owner Tanveer Iqbal was in a relationship with Bibi despite both of them being married – an arrangement which was common knowledge to their family and friends.
  • On the afternoon of Sunday 31 January – a day after turning 33 – he closed his shop, Hi Tech Music on Shireland Road, Smethwick, as normal.
  • He then drove to his mistress’s (Bibi) home on Bridgeburn Road in Northfield, after she invited him over on the premise of celebrating his birthday.
  • But when Tanveer got to the house that night 37-year-old Bibi and her husband Nawaz, 44, strangled him.
  • They then wrapped his body in an old TV box, sealed it with duct tape and rope and then placed him into the boot of his own Renault Clio.

Police launched a high-risk missing person inquiry the next morning after Tanveer’s friends and family raised the alarm when they struggled to get hold of him.

Detective Inspector Paul Joyce said: “This case relied largely on circumstantial evidence which, when combined, painted a compelling picture of what was a chilling and calculated pre-meditated murder.

“The whole thing was thoroughly planned. Bibi messaged Tanveer on the Sunday afternoon to check he was still coming over; she told him she’d got cake to celebrate his birthday.

“But the reality is that she was luring him to his death because just three hours earlier her husband Gul Nawaz was in Poundland buying the murder kit ready to kill him.

“Although we can’t say exactly what happened we do know that together – and with the help of another person who we aren’t allowed to name – they strangled Tanveer inside Bibi’s home.

“They then wrapped his body up in an old box, put him in the boot of his own car and abandoned it on a busy suburban road presumably in the hope that they could get away with their crime.”

Bibi and Nawaz always denied having any involvement in the killing.

Tanveer Iqbal’s family paid tribute to him in a statement released following the trial:

“Tanveer was taken away from us in a way which has had a profound effect and changed our lives forever. It is indescribable pain to lose a loved one in such a brutal manner. All we can say is that there is no bigger pain in this world than this experience. We cannot comprehend how anyone could be so
callous and cold-hearted. Tanveer was good husband, wonderful father, a loving son and an amazing brother who has been stolen from us in an evil act robbing our lives of the most precious jewel forever.

“Tanveer was the most loved and had a unique attachment to everyone in the family. He was of a good nature and presented exceptional love for his brothers, sisters, parents, nieces and nephews. He was always there for his family. He had an exclusive gift of being able to make friendships with anyone he met. We have never met anyone who had anything negative to say about him. He never had a bad word to say against anyone either.

“Tanveer’s loss was also felt in the entire community, reflected in the huge numbers of people who came to pay their respects at his funeral.  Our family is proud of the fact that Tanveer had so many friends in the community who respected him and still remember him in their prayers to this day.

“Now that justice has been done today the family and the entire community can have some closure. The loss of Tanveer has left a gap in our lives that will never be filled. Each passing day, we pray to God and we will continue to pray asking for the strength to be able to carry on with our lives for the sake of our parents and families.

“As a family we wish thank the West Midlands Police’s senior investigation officer Mr Paul Joyce and his team. We also wish to thank in particular the Family liaison Officers DC Junior Stephens and DC Asam Shazad who have been there for us supporting us throughout this investigation. The family would also like to extent this appreciation and gratitude to our legal team, Barrister Sally Howes and Michael Williams for helping us get justice.”

 

Birmingham Crown Court image by Elliot Brown

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