Woman Murdered By Husband Because He Found Out He Was Infertile | Brimtime

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Woman Murdered By Husband Because He Found Out He Was Infertile

A bride who joked about her new husband 'breaking her legs' was found dead at their home after he found out he was infertile.

Simone Jabakhanji, 27, from Leyland in Lancashire had been rowing with her businessman husband Mohammed, 29, after he was given the devastating news by doctors, an inquest into her death was told.

In the days leading up to her death she even told her mother back in England that she was frightened of her husband - a cannabis smoker - and needed to give him 'quiet space.'

But she was found hanged at their home in the West African country’s capital city of Banjul, on August 13, 2011.

In the immediate aftermath of her death Mohammed, who is also known as Carlos, was arrested for her murder by Gambian police but he was later released.

At the time of her death the couple had just returned to Gambia from Ghana, where she had been staying with her in-laws whilst Mohammed underwent medical tests.

But the inquest heard that the couple began to fight after results showed Mohammed could not have children because of his unhealthy lifestyle.

Simone’s mother Janice Lally also gave evidence at the inquest, and said she also spoke to her daughter on the evening of her death about Carlos.

She agreed she hadn't noticed anything unusual about her daughter's behaviour.

She said: "She didn't appear distressed or upset in any way. I had spoken to her the day before and she was frightened of Carlos. So I spoke to him, eventually when he would talk to me, and he promised he would look after her.

'She phoned quite often. She had phoned on the Friday evening because she and Carlos had had an argument, she always wanted to speak with me or her friend when they had an argument.'

She added that the pair, who had begun their relationship 'in secret' because their families disapproved, had a fiery relationship and 'would fight regularly.'

But on the day of her death her daughter had resolved not to fight anymore and told her she planned to dress up and put on make-up to wait for her husband to return in the evening.

She said she was worried about Mohammed's behaviour towards her daughter but that Simone herself had seemed 'normal.'

She added: 'He had been aggressive since he came home from Ghana, when it came back he couldn’t have children, unless he gave up smoking weed, cigarettes and alcohol.'

Mrs Lally also said her daughter was used to Carlos needing his own quiet space for a few days and that she had joked: 'I suppose I can put up with that instead of him breaking my legs.'

That night, Mrs Lally received a distressed phone call from Mohammed.

She said: 'I had a phone call off Carlos two minutes after midnight. He was crying on the phone, I kept asking him: “What’s the matter.” He said: "It’s Simone, she’s dead.’”

Simone's uncle Paul Lally, who was in the Gambia at the time, said he visited the house which police, he said, referred to as 'the crime scene.'

He said: 'It wasn't taped off and it was like an open circus.'

Coroner’s officer Irene Wright said: 'Mr Jabakhanji was initially arrested but no charges were ever brought.'

She also confirmed that the coroner and Lancashire police had been in touch with the Gambian authorities to seek more information surrounding Simone’s death, but had no reply.

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