A father killed his wife and four daughters in their sleep because he could not bear them adopting a more westernised lifestyle, an inquest heard yesterday.You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy.
Mohammed Riaz, 49, found it abhorrent that his eldest daughter wanted to be a fashion designer, and that she and her sisters were likely to reject the Muslim tradition of arranged marriages.
On Hallowe'en last year he sprayed petrol throughout their terraced home in Accrington, Lancs, and set it alight.
Caneze Riaz, 39, woke and tried to protect her three-year-old child, Hannah, who was sleeping with her, but was overcome by fumes. Her other daughters, Sayrah, 16, Sophia, 13, and Alisha, 10, died elsewhere in the house.
Riaz, who had spent the evening drinking, set himself on fire and died two days later.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
A particularly nasty 'honor killing'
A coroner's inquest into last October's deaths of a woman and her three daughters in a house fire has concluded that the fire was set by Mohammed Riaz, the girls' father, because he didn't want his wife and daughters becoming more westernized.