Because his wife “delayed” providing him money while he was in debt to a drug dealer, a husband has been found guilty of trying to kill her. However, the guilty party Sharaz Ali, who was out on bond, was not present to hear the verdict since he has vanished and neither he nor his attorneys are aware of his whereabouts.
A trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard that he approached his partner at their Stechford home with a knife and machete and repeatedly stabbed her, causing the smaller blade to break off and become buried in her chest.
The victim eventually managed to dial 999 herself after the 41-year-old “pretended” to call an ambulance, which didn’t arrive for more than two hours. She originally corroborated Ali’s false story that an intruder had broken into the house and attacked them when they were questioned about what had happened, but after being treated in the hospital, she admitted that her husband was responsible for her injuries.
Ali, who is currently living in Croyden’s Hermitage Road, said he was not guilty, saying he found his wife bleeding to death upstairs as he was listening to music on YouTube in the sitting room. He denied committing an attempted murder offence, but a jury today, Tuesday, August 23, found him guilty after only one hour and 36 minutes of deliberation.
In his remarks, Judge Richard Bond said that this week’s hearings had been delayed because Ali “simply didn’t bother turning up.” He said, “Clearly, the defence were scrambling to figure out where he was and still aren’t sure where he is.”
The judge acknowledged that he had carried out a warrant for Ali’s arrest. Ali is now scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, September 23, “whether he is here or not,” the judge said. In her opening statement, prosecutor Jennifer Knight QC said Ali would have attacked his spouse before he made the first of multiple “abandoned” 999 calls at 6:16 p.m. on September 10 of last year.
She was able to dial 911 on her own at 6.49 p.m., but it took two more calls and 8.39 p.m. for paramedics to get to their Northcote Road house because the severity of her illness was “not completely comprehended.”
According to Ms. Knight, Sharaz Ali allowed the paramedics inside the home where they discovered his wife laying on the floor between a double bed and a wall upstairs in the main bedroom, coated in dried blood in large amounts. Her surroundings and she were covered in blood.
“Clearly she was still very seriously injured but still conscious. Initially when asked what happened she said somebody came into the garden whilst she was outside. That person followed her back into the house and attacked her.
“That in fact, as you will hear, was not true. In due course when she got to hospital she revealed it was her husband. As paramedics worked on her they moved the double bed and found a heavily blood-stained machete underneath the bed.”