Lung problem to blame for death
Dec 13 2007 by Katie Campling, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A DEWSBURY woman who collapsed and died feared she had been poisoned by relatives on a trip to Pakistan, an inquest heard.
Robina Younis, 43, of Headfield Road in Thornhill Lees, died on July 28 this year at the accident and emergency department of Dewsbury District Hospital. She had been taken there after collapsing with breathing problems.
The inquest at Huddersfield yesterday heard she had not been poisoned and had died as a result of lung problems caused by tuberculosis.
However, her death had been investigated by West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team because Mrs Younis had previously told police she believed her life was in danger due to problems with her family in Pakistan.
She and her sister had married two brothers – Mohammed Younis and Sajad Mahmood.
Her sister and Mr Mahmood’s marriage had broken down and, because of this, Mrs Younis’s family wanted her to end her marriage to his brother.
She did not and the situation created a family feud, resulting in Mrs Younis’s brother murdering Mr Mahmood’s parents in Pakistan in 2004.
Mrs Younis travelled with Mr Mahmood to Pakistan later that year to sort out family affairs.
When she returned to Britain, she claimed that she had been poisoned in hospital while in Pakistan. She said relatives had come into the hospital and soaked her clothing in powder, which had permeated her skin and poisoned her.
She also said she had been administered some black beans and that some of her medical documents may have been used by a witch doctor to make her ill through black magic.
The inquest heard there was no independent evidence to back up her fears or those of Mr Mahmood.
Mrs Younis was admitted to hospital when she returned to Britain, because of problems with her lungs caused by TB, which she had suffered from before going to Pakistan.
Forensic pathologist Professor Christopher Milroy told the inquest that the lung problems – post-tuberculosis lung fibrosis – had been the cause of death and he had found no evidence of poison ever being given to Mrs Younis.
Recording a verdict of death by natural causes, coroner Roger Whittaker said it was right that the matter had been investigated.
“It was entirely right that there should have been a full investigation bearing in mind the tragic history of this family. It is clear that Robina Younis did not die as a result of any suspicious circumstances.”