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Man who murdered ex-wife in salon fire jailed for life

Khayatzadeh Image copyright Crown Office
Image caption Ahdieh Khayatzadeh died following a fire at the Venus Hair and Beauty salon in Stirling

A man who burned his ex-wife to death after dousing her with petrol has been jailed for life.

Ahmad Yazdanparast will serve a minimum of 19 years behind bars for the murder of his former wife Ahdieh Khayatzadeh, who suffered burns to 95% of her body in the attack in Stirling in October.

Before she died she told a paramedic that Yazdanparast, 61, had done it because she divorced him.

Judge Lady Wise said the attack was "premeditated and callous".

She described 46-year-old Ms Khayatzadeh as a "lovely woman" and a good mother, telling Yazdanparast: "Your actions have deprived her children of her company.

"You planned to murder her in the most horrific attack imaginable.

"Your ex-wife had full thickness burns to 95 per cent of her body. There was no possibility of her surviving. You have shown no remorse for the premeditated and callous attack on her.

"It appears your actions were motivated by anger at your wife for having the temerity to divorce you. You decided she could not be free of you and live."

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Media captionFootage released by the Crown Office shows Ahmad Yazdanparast buying petrol then entering his ex-wife's salon and leaving after setting it on fire

Yazdanparast, who maintains his innocence, shouted "I am not a killer, Lady Wise," as he was led away to the cells.

During his trial the kebab shop owner claimed he had acted in self-defence after being assaulted.

He was caught on CCTV buying fuel from a local petrol station before entering the Venus Hair and Beauty salon run by his former wife.

Hand-written cards in English and Farsi were found scattered around the salon in Stirling reading "enough is enough" and "game is over", accusing Ms Khayatzadeh of adultery.

Detectives found traces of petrol on her clothing and on a piece of plastic in the basement salon.

Firefighters who brought Ms Khayatzadeh out of the building said she was in a "horrendous condition", but "very much conscious".

Image caption Forensics specialists found petrol at the scene of the fire

Yazdanparast, who was also badly burned during the attack, claimed his ex-wife had thrown something at him and said he had felt a burning sensation.

He claimed she had been having an affair, and during their divorce hearing last year said she was becoming "westernised".

He had a previous conviction for attacking his wife, and she had previously contacted police over threats he made to kill her and pour acid over her face.

Yazdanparast was also due back in court the week after the murder amid a legal battle with Ms Khayatzadeh over a flat that was meant to be sold as part of their divorce.

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