Husband and ‘friend’ found guilty of murdering his wife before burning her body and dumping it

A husband and his friend have been found guilty of brutally murdering his wife by  bludgeoning her with a claw hammer and then stabbing her to death.

27-year-old Akshar Ali and Yasmin Ahmed, 27, attacked Sinead Wooding, 26, at her home in Leeds with a hammer and stabbed her six times before hiding her body in the cellar for two days, the court heard.

Miss Sinead suffered six stab wounds to the chest and there was evidence that she had been struck up to 12 times to the head.

The pair later wrapped the body up with a duvet before transporting it to woodland north of the city of Leeds and doused it with petrol.

Sinead Wooding

Miss Wooding’s remains were found by a group of students who were out for a jog in the area at about 9am on Sunday, May 14.

Miss Wooding had four children and married Ali in an Islamic ceremony after she converted to Islam changed her name to Zakirah in February 2015.

After five days of deliberations the jury came back with a guilty verdict against Ali and Yasmin.

Ali’s mother, Akhtar Bi, 45, also stood trial and was accused of helping her son by making arrangements to dispose of the body but she was found not guilty of the charge.

Ali’s brother, Asim Ali, 21, was cleared of assisting an offender by obtaining a vehicle and assisting in the disposal of the body.

Asim had told the court his brother pestered him to hire him a car but he did not know it would be used to move a body.

Vicky Briggs, 25, was found guilty of assisting an offender by helping clean up and burn material after the murder.

Akshar Ali, Yasmin Ahmed and Vicky Briggs are due to be sentenced today at 10.30am. (Weds Jan 17).