Another honor kiling in London

A Muslim Kurdish refugee living in the UK was sentenced to life in prison today after being convicted of murdering his 16-year-old daughter because she had started a relationship with a Lebanese Christian boy and had become too "westernized."

By stabbing his daughter in the neck, Abdalla Yones, 48, was performing what in the Muslim world is considered an "honor killing," an attack on a relative who has brought shame to the family. The murder occurred in the family's home in Acton, West London, according to the London Times. The paper reported Yones asked the judge to be executed for what the killer described as his "appalling" crime, but Judge Neil Denison told him he did not have the power to do so. Police believe there were 12 "honor killings" in the UK last year, and the
Times reports officials are investigating members of the Muslim community who may have covered up such deaths.

According to the paper, Heshu Yones was found in the family apartment bathroom last October with a twisted kitchen knife protruding from her neck. The girl reportedly planned to run away from home after beginning an affair with her Christian boyfriend.  The Times says the girl's father is the first to plead guilty to an "honor
killing" in Britain.  "This is, in any view, a tragic story arising out of irreconcilable cultural differences between traditional Kurdish values and the values of western society," Denison said today, according to the report.
Police say Yones slashed his wrist and jumped from a 25-foot balcony in an attempt to take his own life after killing his daughter.

The paper quotes prosecutor John McGuinness as saying, "Her father, a strict Muslim, did not approve of her western lifestyle. She wanted to be with her friends and use a mobile phone quite often. "There was tension at home particularly with her father. He was not happy with her lifestyle and wanted her to live within the Muslim religion and cultural traditions."

Letters the girl had written that were presented in the case included evidence of domestic violence against her.
"Hey, for an older man you have a good strong punch and kick. I hope you enjoyed testing your strength on me, it was fun being on the receiving end. Well done," one letter written by the teen said.