A cruel father has been jailed for life for the horrific murder of his five-year-old son who was subjected to weeks of abuse before he finally died from severe head and abdominal injuries.
Ordering Pazeer Ahmed to serve a minimum of 19 years in prison, Mr Justice Coulson told him yesterday the mental and physical suffering he inflicted on his son Haroon Bhatti was “beyond imagination”.
Ahmed, 34 of Aberford Road, Wakefield, was unanimously found guilty by a jury at Leeds Crown Court of his son’s murder on January 23.
The judge told him: “Haroon’s suffering at your hands was truly appalling. Over the course of the three months during which he lived with you between November 2011 and January this year you inflicted 104 separate injuries or areas of injury upon him.”
His death resulted from a fractured skull from his head being struck against the bathroom wall and being hit so hard in the abdomen it caused massive internal bleeding and damage. “It was a terrible attack on a defenceless child,” he said.
Afterwards other injuries found included broken ribs and other bone fractures, a burn with an iron on his leg and bite marks including four to his face where “you had bitten so hard you had penetrated the flesh of his cheek”.
A consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine concluded those would have caused the youngster distress, impaired his ability to sleep, feed and function normally.
“In summary the injuries would have resulted in obvious severe pain and extreme suffering over a protracted period.”
The judge said the jury had been right to reject Ahmed’s claim he suffered from diminished responsibility as a result of post traumatic stress disorder because on his own evidence he had periods when he knew what he was doing was wrong but still failed to take the boy to safety to his parent’s.
Parts of the trial were heard in secret, including Ahmed’s evidence, after the prosecution claimed sensitive material needed to be heard and after the verdict the judge warned jurors never to talk about the case.
Ahmed had sole care of Haroon after bringing him from Pakistan where he had been living with his mother from whom Ahmed was separated.
He was said to live like a “hermit” with the boy.