Family tells of their devastation at murder of new mum Ridda

Ridda Zanab whose body was found at her home in Lidget Green in November

Ridda Zanab whose body was found at her home in Lidget Green in November

First published in News

The family of a young Bradford mother, who was murdered in her home, today issued an emotional appeal for information in the hope it will bring her killer to justice.

Ridda Zanab’s husband of little more than a year, Danish Irfan, fled to Pakistan following her murder.

An international warrant has been obtained for his arrest and detectives are liasing with Pakistani authorities to find him and return him to the UK for questioning about the killing of his 21-year-old wife.

The body of Mrs Zanab was found in an upstairs bedroom at her home in Alford Terrace, Lidget Green, in the early hours of Sunday, November 3. She had suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police had forced entry after being alerted by a member of the public who was concerned about Mrs Zanab’s welfare.

Her 22-year-old husband has not been seen in the country since the grim discovery and is thought to have flown to Pakistan within days of her death.

The family of Mrs Zanab, who had given birth to a daughter only weeks before her death, has revealed she gave up a career in caring after marrying Irfan following a short romance.

Mrs Zanab’s uncle, Arif Shah, said: “Ridda’s death has devastated the family and we’re still trying to come to terms with it.

“You see these things on television and in films and you never think it will happen to you. It has torn us apart.

“But we are still hopeful that her killer will be brought to justice. Someone must know something about this and we would urge them to contact the police.”

Mrs Zanab’s mother, Nazeer Shah, is caring for her granddaughter, who is now nearly four months old.

Mrs Shah said of her daughter: “Ridda was a very nice girl. She was very talkative and bubbly and had lots of friends.

“She was training to be a carer, but after she got married she decided she wanted to be a housewife.

“She was so happy to have a baby daughter and she loved her very much.”

Mrs Shah said Ridda was born in Bradford and grew up in the city before moving to Huddersfield, but returned to Bradford in 2012 when a previous relationship ended.

She told how her daughter met Irfan through friends soon after returning to the city and married him in September 2012.

“It all happened very quickly,” she said.

Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley, who is leading the investigation, said: “We still believe that Irfan is in Pakistan and are working closely with the international authorities to locate him.

“It’s possible that people will have been in contact with him or have an idea of where he is, and we would ask those people to come forward by calling 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

Irfan had previously worked in takeaway shops and had been a student.

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