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Husband burns his wife alive by setting her on fire while she painted their apartment

By Mason White 1:48 PM March 25, 2016
Muhammed Hammed and Nazia Akhtar 

By: Chan Yuan
A husband was arrested on a charge of murder after setting his wife on fire while she painted their apartment, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 30-year-old Muhammed Hammed of Birmingham, has been sentenced to serve at least 25 years in prison after being convicted of murder in connection with the death of 31-year-old Nazia Akhtar.

According to the police investigation, Akhtar was decorating their apartment and had purchased some white spirit in order to clean dirty paint brushes.

When Hammed got home that evening, the couple got into an argument.

As Akhtar used the white spirit to clean some paint brushes, Hammed lit the bottom of her top with his lighter, which engulfed her in flames.

The victim ran into the bathroom to try to put out the flames, but in doing so, she tragically knocked over a shelf, which held more white spirit.

The neighbors heard the screams and ran to her assistance.

The emergency services were called. The victim was burned on 60 percent on her body, and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.

Seven weeks later, Akhtar passed away. Hammed also suffered burns.