Leeds & West Yorkshire

Haroon Bhatti death: Pazeer Ahmed jailed for murder

Pazeer Ahmed
Image caption Ahmed admitted killing his son but claimed he was suffering mental problems

A man who murdered his five-year-old son after subjecting him to weeks of violence has been jailed for life.

Haroon Bhatti died in hospital after being found at his home in Aberford Road, Wakefield, on 23 January.

Leeds Crown Court heard the boy was covered from head to toe in scars and bruises, had a bite mark and had been burned with cigarettes and an iron.

His father Pazeer Ahmed, 34, was convicted of murder and will serve a minimum of 19 years in jail.

Ahmed had admitted manslaughter, claiming he was suffering emotional problems and an "abnormality of mental function".

Severe force

But a jury rejected his plea and found he was responsible for his son's murder.

Julian Goose, prosecuting, previously told jurors that Haroon would have been in "severe pain and distress" shortly before he died.

He said: "In the hours leading up to his death, severe force was used to strike him to the head, most probably by banging his head against the bathroom wall.

"His death was as a result of these injuries to his brain and his internal organs."

After the sentencing, Det Supt Paul Taylor, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "From the outset this was a very difficult investigation as it involved the tragic death of a young boy.

"I think everybody who has been touched by this matter is relieved that the court process is over.

"I hope Haroon's mother and the wider family find some comfort in this partial closure."

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