Husband Found Guilty of Bludgeoning Wife to Death With Hammer

January 17, 2018 Updated: September 26, 2019

A man has been found guilty of murdering his wife with a hammer, then burning her body in woodland.

Akshar Ali, 27, from Leeds in West Yorkshire, UK, murdered his wife, 26-year-old Sinead Wooding, by bludgeoning her with a hammer and stabbing her six times.

He and his friend Yasmin Ahmed, 27, were found guilty of murder at Leeds Crown Court and face life sentences, reported the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The jury heard how Wooding’s body was kept in the cellar at Ahmed’s home for two days before it was wrapped in a duvet and taken to woodland in north Leeds, where it was set alight.

The smouldering remains were discovered by students who were out for a run on Sunday May 14, 2017.

Wooding was a mother of four who had converted to Islam before she met Akshar Ali, who worked on a food stall in Leeds market.

The couple were married in Feb. 2015 but prosecutor Nicholas Campbell said they had a “volatile” relationship that was sometimes violent, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The jury also found Vicky Briggs, 25, guilty of assisting an offender after she helped clean up and burn material after the murder.

Akshar Ali’s mother, Aktahr Bi, and his brother, Asim Ali, were both found not guilty of assisting an offender.

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