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GUILTY GOOGLING: ‘How long is a life sentence?’ searched amidst family murder

GUILTY GOOGLING: ‘How long is a life sentence?’ searched amidst family murder

Image of guilty couple: West Midlands Police

A husband and wife have been found guilty in relation to the killing of their brother in law in Lozells in 2019.

Following a six week trial, Mobeen Shahzad, 28, was found guilty of murder and Sheridan Fitzsimmons, 29, was found guilty of manslaughter.  They will be sentenced 12 March.

Mazammal Butt, affectionately known as ‘Zammy’ was fatally stabbed outside his family butchers in Lozells Street on Sunday 17 November 2019.

Moments before Zammy was fatally stabbed, Shahzad and his wife Fitzsimmons were arguing with Zammy in the carpark of the family butchers.

After hearing the heated argument, Zammy’s wife came out to see what was going on and was grabbed by Fitzsimmons who told Shahzad to kill Zammy.

The pair then went out of view. Moments later Shahzad returned telling his sister, that he had killed her husband in the street. Fitzsimmons immediately fled in the couples white Audi while Shahzad walked home.

The jury heard how Zammy had been seen ‘running for his life’ before being found in a pool of blood, alone in the street.

Despite the best efforts from emergency services, Zammy was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

An hour later Shahzad and Fitzsimmons were stopped in their car by officers on Alum Rock Road and Shahzad was arrested. After being arrested his reply to officers was “Okay, sound." Officers searching the car found a knife.

In the hours that followed, Fitzsimmons involvement in the lead up to the attack were revealed and the next day, she was also arrested on suspicion of murder.

Following the arrest of her husband, Fitzsimmons had carried out a Google search on how long a life sentence is. The jury also heard that she had sent her husband a message before the murder advising him to delete previous chats as they could be ‘evidence of hurting Zammy.’

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough from the Homicide Team, said: “This was a tragic case where a young man lost his life at the hands of two people who were family, two people who were intent on him coming to harm.

“My thoughts are with Zammy’s family. I hope now they can find some comfort knowing that the pair responsible for his death have been brought to justice."

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