Hutton's son, Tariq, sentenced for his role in hiding Hamzah's body (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Hutton's son, Tariq, sentenced for his role in hiding Hamzah's body
6:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
Amanda Hutton’s eldest son, Tariq Khan, was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years, for joining with his mother to prevent Hamzah’s lawful burial.
Khan, 24, was described in court as “a mummy’s boy” at his mother’s beck and call.
His barrister, Nadim Bashir, said Khan was another of Hutton’s victims and acted out of misguided loyalty.
He was deprived of love and attention as a child and emotionally abused and neglected.
“He was a loyal and dutiful son under immense pressure to look after his mother, who was drinking and unable to look after the children,” Mr Bashir said.
“He clearly acted in panic and, after the first 24 hours had elapsed, it became more difficult, and almost impossible, to report the matter.”
Khan told his probation officer that his mother held a knife to her youngest child’s throat and threatened to burn down the house if he alerted the authorities to Hamzah’s death.
Hutton, who was separated from Khan in the dock by a security officer, appeared to glare across at her son at this point.
Judge Thomas told Khan: “You must bear some real responsibility for the concealment of Hamzah’s body, which in itself was a terrible and inhumane act, but which also involved the true and obvious situation surrounding Hamzah’s awful death being clearly revealed, as it would have been with the police and doctors making a contemporaneous inspection.
“However, I accept that you were in something of an awkward situation. You were the adult male figure in the household and the evidence seems to suggest that you were under the influence of your mother and that you were to some extent doing your bit to do what you could for your much younger siblings, who were clearly getting inadequate care from her.”
The judge said Hutton used emotional blackmail on her eldest son, saying that if Hamzah’s death got out the family would be split up.
Khan’s life had since moved on positively. He was working a sales representative and engaged to be married, the judge noted.