THE family of Zobaidah Salangy say she was “cruelly taken away” from them after she was murdered by her husband.

Nezam Salangy was given a life sentence at Worcester Crown Court on June 23 and must serve a minimum of 18 years after being found guilty of murdering his wife, Zobaidah.

His brothers, Mohammed Ramin Salangi, aged 31 and Mohammed Yasin Salangi, aged 34 helped cover up the murder and received a sentence of six years imprisonment and four years and nine months imprisonment respectively.

During a six-week trial, the jury heard on March 28, 2020, at the couple's pizza business in Bromsgrove, Salangy, aged 44 had killed his wife.

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Nezam Salangy. Nezam Salangy.

He contacted his two brothers who travelled from Cardiff to help him dispose of her body. 

Ramin, aged 31, travelled 90 miles by taxi from the home he shared with Yasin, aged 34, in Adamscroft Place, Caerphilly to help bury Zobaidah body’s off Copyholt Lane, Bromsgrove.

Six months later police discovered the body, though it was so decomposed that cause of death cannot be established.

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Yasin Salangi and Ramin Salangi.Yasin Salangi and Ramin Salangi.

Prosecutor Phil Berry read a victim statement from Zobaidah’s family to the court.

She is described as a “kind mother” and “responsible wife” who loved “people of all colours, races and beliefs”.

Zobaidah’s mother has become severely depressed and her father “does not go out in public”.

Her sister was four months pregnant but suffered a miscarriage at seven months and her younger sister failed her university entrance exams.

Zobaidah’s family paid tribute to her in the statement, which read: “The brutal and cruel murder of Zobaidah has affected our family and we are still in deep shock and misery.

“Zobaidah was very kind, affectionate and hardworking.

“She wanted to start a career in medicine and studied in difficult conditions in Afghanistan.

“She was cruelly taken away from us.

“We will suffer from this pain for the rest of our lives.

“This pain, suffering and misery will never go away and we will never forget about it.”

Following the sentencing Detective Chief Inspector Mark Peters from West Mercia Police said Salangy of Austin Road committed a “horrific crime, brutally murdering his wife and burying her body.”

He said: “I am glad that he will now pay the price for that and spend the next 18 years in prison.

"Yasin and Ramin Salangi knew they were doing wrong helping their brother and they too have been served the justice they deserve.

"The other victims in this case are the children who have now lost both parents and my thoughts are with them and wider family members."