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,
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
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.