Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bradford wife Manzoor Begum died after rolling pin blow

An 80-year-old woman died after her husband struck her with a rolling pin during an argument at their Bradford home, an inquest has heard.

Manzoor Begum was found unconscious at the house on Salt Street. Her husband Ali Mohammed Sher, 78, was also injured during the argument.

The inquest was told the couple's sons found their parents collapsed and furniture upturned in the dining area.

A coroner described the situation as "tragic" and recorded an open verdict.

Det Supt Dave Pervin told Bradford Coroner's Court that Mr Sher told witnesses he thought he may have killed his wife.

Heart disease

He said: "Mr Sher, who was injured and conscious, told some of the witnesses present that he and his wife had argued and she had hit him over the head with a stick and he'd hit her back and he thought he may have killed her."

Describing the findings of forensic examinations of the scene, Mr Pervin said: "While Mr Sher's hands were wet with his own blood, he's used the walking stick to support himself and used the rolling pin to strike Manzoor Begum."

The detective said the couple, who had been married for about 60 years, both sustained injuries while trying to defend themselves.

Mr Sher was initially arrested on suspicion of his wife's murder but was never well enough to be interviewed by police and died nine months later.

He said: "What's unclear from the evidence and can probably never be established is who of the two of them was the aggressor in this argument, who assaulted who first and with what and what it was that led to this argument after so many years of happy marriage."

Mrs Begum, who suffered a cut to her scalp and several impact injuries to her head, arms and hands, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination found she had died from sudden cardiac arrest due to underlying heart disease in combination with the blows she received to her head.

Coroner Roger Whittaker said: "It's a great tragedy after so long in a happy marriage that it all ends like this."

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