A husband who launched a brutal hammer attack on his young wife after finding a text she had sent to another man has been found guilty of murder this lunchtime.

Former Huddersfield takeaway worker Danish Irfan, 22, who used to live in Great Northern Street, had already admitted the manslaughter of Ridda Zanab at their Bradford home last November, but it took a jury just two hours to find him guilty of murder following a trial at Bradford Crown Court.

The couple met and married in Huddersfield in 2012, but Irfan claimed that within weeks of the ceremony his new wife was staying out late and using cannabis.

The couple eventually moved to a new home in Alford Terrace, Bradford, when Mrs Zanab became pregnant, but two months after the baby girl was born Irfan, who used to work at the Chicken Cottage takeaway, attacked her with a claw hammer after finding the text message.

Former Huddersfield woman Ridda Zanab, victim of hammer killer Danish Irfan.
Former Huddersfield woman Ridda Zanab, victim of hammer killer Danish Irfan.
 

Irfan then left the baby with members of his wife's family before flying to Pakistan on a false passport, but earlier this year he came back to the United Kingdom and surrendered himself to police.

The jury heard allegations that the business management student, who came to the UK on student visa, was ''possessive and controlling'' and that he launched the attack on the complainant after finding a text message on her phone which read:''I luv yu, mwahhh, gud nyt.''

Mrs Zanab was hit at least ten times with the claw hammer and fragments of bone were forced into her brain.

Outlining the case to the jury last week prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said Irfan and his wife were from very different backgrounds.

He said Mrs Zanab had been born in Bradford and had a Westernised outlook on life.''

She liked a night out and she had a rebellious streak to her,'' said Mr Sharp.

The court heard she had a number of boyfriends before meeting Irfan when she was just 19 and he had only been in the country for six or seven months.

''By all accounts he did not share Ridda's pleasure in going out, ''said Mr Sharp.

''Ridda's family did not approve of him and their relationship was kept partly secret. When they got married no family members were invited.

''Last week Irfan told the jury that he felt like someone had ''taken his soul'' after he killed his wife.He said his head was spinning and he felt sick when he saw her face covered in blood.

''I cried and checked her pulse. I thought what have I done,'' he told Bradford Crown Court.

''She wasn't breathing I knew she was dead.''

Irfan claimed that he was using the hammer to put a clock on the bathroom wall and had it in his hand when he found the message on his wife's phone.

He said when he challenged his wife about the message she swore at him and hurled insults.

He claimed that she told him he could not satisfy her in bed and that he was not the father of their baby.

Irfan will be jailed for life when he is sentenced later today, but the judge will have to hear submissions from his barrister before deciding on the minimum term he must serve before being considered for release.

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