Naveed Ahmed has been jailed for a minimum of 22 years
Naveed Ahmed has been jailed for a minimum of 22 yearsMet Police

Naveed Ahmed, who decapitated his wife in a brutal attack, has been jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 22 years following trial at the Old Bailey.

Ahmed, 41, admitted killing his wife Tahira, 38, following a violent assault at their home in Merton Avenue, Northolt, on 27 May, 2014.

The mother-of-two, described by her family as "the kindest and most patient and gentle individual" had been stabbed, both her arms broken, and then decapitated following an intense argument.

Ahmed was arrested after fleeing the house and was stopped by officers in nearby Pilgrims Close where he was found with blood stains on his coat.

Emergency services were called to the scene, where Tahira was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination revealed she had received multiple injuries in the attack. The cause of death was determined as head and neck injuries.

The couple had lived together for 14 years.Their children aged between six and 12 were not in the house at the time of her death.

Neighbour Delia Burr said at the time of the murder: "They were a lovely couple who always looked very happy together. We're just struggling to believe it's happened."

A statement released today (28 January) by Tahira's family, said: "On this day, there is no celebration, for we have forever lost a dearly loved daughter, sister, mother and friend.

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Tahira Ahmed described as "the kindest and most patient and gentle individual".Met Police

"Tahira was the kindest, most patient and gentle individual, who lived for her children and family, she devoted her life to the welfare of her children and their best possible upbringing.

"Her life was cut short in the most brutal manner, by a barbaric man, with out-dated and backward ideals. He caused untold damage, which will forever haunt Tahira's family and friends.

"He had no thought or consideration that he was depriving two young precious children from their mother and left all our lives and hearts in pieces.

"In light of this, not even life imprisonment could befit his heinous crime.

"We would like to thank the CPS, prosecution lawyers and the justice system for bringing this man to justice and incarcerating him, so he cannot pose any further threat to our family and society.

"We would like to collectively encourage any individual who has suffered domestic violence at any level to speak up, turn to the appropriate authorities for help and leave their abusers.

"You do not need to suffer in silence. Tahira, we miss you every second of every day."

Met Police vows to support victims of domestic violence

Detective Sergeant Nick Miller from the Met Police Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "This was a senseless and brutal attack of a defenceless wife and mother in the family home.

"The violent manner of the killing has had a profound effect on her family, friends and the wider community. The actions of the man sentenced to a minimum of 22 years today, has effectively deprived two young children of both their parents forever.

"Domestic abuse should not be tolerated at any level. The Met Police will support the victims of domestic violence and prosecute those responsible for this invidious crime."