KILLER DAD MUST SPEND TWO DECADES BEHING BARS by Court Reporter
October 05, 2005
A JEALOUS husband who killed his ex-wife and two
children in a frenzied knife attack in their Bracknell home five years ago has learned he must serve a minimum of 20 years behind bars for his crimes.
Former banker Zainulabedin Zaidi, 34, stabbed to death his ex-wife Shazia, 27, in front of their daughter Saba, seven, and son Zeeshan, six, before slitting the children’s throats at
their home in Highfield, Great Hollands, on March 17, 2000.
Zaidi, who denied the killings, was convicted of three counts of murder at Reading Crown court in November
2000 and handed three life
On Thursday last week at London’s Royal Courts of Justice, Mr Justice Moses ruled Zaidi must serve a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison before he can apply for release on parole.
Even when the 20 years are up, Zaidi will only be released if the Parole Board considers he poses no danger to the
public. Once he regains his freedom, he will remain on “life licence” for the rest of his days, subject to recall to prison if he puts a foot wrong.
The seven months and 10 days Zaidi spent on remand before being sentenced will be deducted from the 20-year
The jury at Zaidi’s trial had heard a recording of a
desperate 999 call during which one of the children was heard pleading: “Don’t kill me Daddy”.
The child also told the
operator: “My Dad is getting my Mum and stabbing and killing me.”
Zaidi was on a contact visit when he murdered his family
in a jealous rage. His arranged marriage to Shazia had
irretrievably broken down and she had remarried in secret.
Adrian Redgrave, prosecuting, said Zaidi murdered his former wife and children in cold blood.
“She did her best to defend herself, as witness deep cuts to both of her hands and blood spattered about the living room,” said Mr Redgrave.
“The conclusion is inescapable – the child that was last to die must have
witnessed not only the killing of their mother but also the other child.”
Following the murders,
Zaidi bought a takeaway curry then sought refuge with an acquaintance.
He was arrested the following day after a nationwide appeal by police.