Exchange Chambers barristers secure murder verdict in Jahangir Nazar trial

March 21, 2014

A husband who stabbed his wife to death has been found guilty of murder in a high profile case prosecuted by John Jones QC and Adrian Farrow from Exchange Chambers.

Mum-of-two Farkhanda Younis, known to friends as Jabeen, was attacked by her husband Jahangir Nazar at the home they shared in Chadderton.

Pakistani illegal immigrant Nazar married Ms Younis in an Islamic ceremony in 2012.

Ms Younis body was found after her son from a previous relationship rang 999 because he couldn’t rouse her and her bedroom door was locked.

She had been stabbed repeatedly in the neck in a frenzied early hours attack, shortly after returning from a liaison with a previous partner to celebrate his birthday.

Nazar, 35, admitted killing Ms Younis, but denied murder, saying his responsibility for the killing was diminished by severe depression.

John Jones QC and Adrian Farrow successfully argued that his behaviour after the killing – when he tried to cover his tracks and fled to Newcastle – showed ‘mental agility’ inconsistent with his account. He was found guilty of murder after less than two hours of deliberation.

Nazar has now been jailed for life – with a minimum of 22 years – for the attack described as ‘merciless’ by sentencing judge Mrs Justice Simler.