A former Taliban prisoner who brutally killed his wife after she asked for a divorce and hit him with a slipper has been jailed for life.
Mohammed Yakub smashed his wife’s head in with a dumbbell, stabbed her and strangled her to death with her headscarf at his home on Ashton Court, Harehills, Leeds.
Jailing Yakub for life, Judge Geofrey Marson QC told him he must serve at least seven years and five months before he is eligible for parole.
Afghan national Yakub, who is thought to be aged 62 or 63, was suffering from post traumatic stress at the time of the killing as a result of the ordeal he suffered as a prisoner of the Taliban.
He carried out the attack on Mariam Mohd Taqi, 50, at his home and then called the police to tell them what he had done.
Yakub admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Judge Marson said: “On the morning of April 6 your wife prepared a meal for you and brought it to your flat. Whilst she was there you killed her in a brutal attack; you stabbed her with such force that the knife you used broke. You then used a second knife.
“You struck her repeatedly about the head with a heavy dumbbell and you dragged her into the kitchen by her headscarf and strangled her.
“Death was caused by ligature strangulation and blunt force head injury.
“It is perfectly clear from this level of violence that you had formed the intention to kill your wife.”
Judge Marson added: “In interview you spoke of your mental health problems and said that you become angry very easily and start arguments and fights with people.
“You said that your wife was shouting and swearing at you and demanded a divorce.
“You said you were under pressure and angry and that she hit you with your slipper and that you then attacked and killed her.”
Yakub was assessed by psychiatrists who agreed that he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and severe depression at the time of the attack. He is also suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Yakub married his wife in 1977 and they had five children together in Afghanistan.
He was kidnapped by the Taliban in 1997 and held prisoner for six months. He suffered head injuries from being beaten and was tortured by having cigarettes extinguished on his stomach. He had also witnessed others being tortured, killed or buried alive.
After his release Yakub did not see his family for almost 10 years until he was granted asylum in the UK and they came to live with him in Leeds. The court head Yakub had been kidnapped for supporting a political group which opposed the Taliban.