Traffic warden who stabbed wife to death in brutal attack facing life

Traffic warden, 32, who stabbed his wife, 34, to death in brutal attack after she refused to let him take another spouse is facing life in jail as he is convicted of murder

  •  Asim Hassan stabbed his wife to death in their family home in east London

A traffic warden who stabbed his wife to death in a brutal attack after she refused to let him take another spouse is facing a life sentence today after he was convicted of murdering her. 

Victim Ayesha Hasan, 32, had predicted her death at the hands of violent husband Asim Hasan, 33, and told friends: ‘If something happens to me please take care of my kids.’

Mrs Hasan, 32, was found in a pool of blood in their flat in Burrard Road, Canning Town, east London. Their two children, both aged under 10, were waiting to be taken to school when Hasan stabbed her 26 times and killed her.

Ten days before she was murdered, Mrs Hasan sent a ‘desperate’ WhatsApp message to friends saying she was scared of her husband because he was unpredictable and would ‘flip out’.

Traffic warden Asim Hassan stabbed his wife 26 times until she died from her injuries 

Ayesha Hasan had predicted her death at the hands of violent husband a week ten days before she was murdered 

She said she didn’t want to call the police but wanted him out of the house as she didn’t feel safe.

Mrs Hasan told them: ‘If something happens to me please take care of my kids, don’t let Asim have them. I’m going to delete this after I sent it because he’ll start with me if he finds out.’

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Hasan denied murder, claiming he did not intend to harm his wife when he stabbed her 26 times but an Old Bailey jury took just 91 minutes to convict him.

He had joined a Muslim dating app just days before the killing and told how their relationship broke down because he wanted two wives.

His relatives held their head in their hands in the public gallery Judge Anthony Leonard told him: ‘You have been convicted of murder. The sentence will be one of life imprisonment.’

But the case was adjourned as the judge decides how long Hasan should serve before he can be paroled.

On May 19 last year the killer had dialled 999 from his home to say he had just stabbed his wife.

‘He said he was in the kitchen and the two children were in the house but unhurt,’ said Joel Smith, prosecuting.

‘He veered between calmly reporting his conduct to police and screaming and crying.

‘Police and an ambulance were sent to the scene and arrived 14 minutes later. What they found was shocking.

‘Ayesha Hasan was lying unconscious in a pool of her own blood in the kitchen.

‘She had plainly been stabbed not one but many, many times. Officers did their best to save her life, but their attempts were in vain and she died at the scene. She was only 34 years old. The defendant was immediately arrested with blood stains on his hands.

‘All the while their young children were at the address waiting to be taken to school. The bloodstained kitchen knife this defendant used to kill his partner was found on the cooker by her body.

‘It was a ferocious and really quite savage attack.’

Hasan told police at the scene: ‘I’m guilty and you can charge me’.

Mrs Hasan was found in a pool of blood in their flat in Burrard Road, Canning Town (pictured)

The couple had had an Islamic marriage but by 2022 the relationship had soured as they argued about money, Hasan’s behaviour and his belief that his wife was having an affair.

On 10 May Mrs Hasan recorded a voice message where he accused her of cheating on him. She picked up a knife herself, asked to be let out of the room and threatened to kill herself. When she said she would call the police Hasan replied ‘you won’t’, the court heard.

Mr Smith said police were called that day but no further action was taken as Mrs Hasan appeared well.

‘In something of a cruel twist of hypocrisy it would appear that Mr Hasan was in fact himself looking to conduct an extra-marital affair. On 1 May he contacted a lady on a Muslim dating website and tried to meet her.’

The prosecutor added: ‘The repeated nature of this savage attack is important, he didn’t stop when the victim was paralysed. He carried on, and on, and on, when it must have been overwhelmingly obvious that his wife was suffering terribly at his hands.

‘This was a man who wanted his relationship on his terms. A man who was unhappy about his wife’s suspected infidelity as he looked for his second wife. To control Ayesha. That is what he wanted.’

Hasan accepted hestabbed his wife but says he did not intend to kill her or cause her really serious harm by stabbing her 26 times.

Goving evidence he said he had been working as a civil enforcement officer for a year prior to the attack.

Hasan said he joined a Muslim dating app on 24 April, adding: ‘Because of our arguments, I discussed with my wife that I wanted a second wife. I wanted two marriages. We were frequently arguing. Arguments would become physical arguments. I am a very calm person, I never really shouted.

‘She was [physical]. She would just hit me with objects and anything she could find.

‘She tried to take my life a couple of times – strangle me with wire, strangle me with her hands – but she didn’t let me die.’

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