Man tortured brother-in-law to find estranged wife’s secret Burnley address

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A MAN who hunted down his estranged wife to her Burnley bolt hole has been convicted of murdering her brother.

Nahid Ahmad and her children were given a police safehouse in Burnley to protect them from Mohammed Riaz (pictured left) who waged a “sustained and frightening campaign”.

Riaz (33) was found guilty of the murder of his brother-in-law, Mahmood Ahmad, following a trial at St Alban’s Crown Court.

The court heard how Mr Ahmad (40), of Watford, was kidnapped and tortured to death to find out the whereabouts of his sister and the children.

Mr Ahmad’s body has never been recovered, but a security guard found his severed thumb last March in Essex, after a bird reportedly dropped it out of the sky.

An investigation into the handling of the case by officers was held by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The watchdog criticised the way Metropolitan and Nottinghamshire police forces dealt with previous incidents, but commended the “quick” and “professional” response of Lancashire Police to emergency calls made by Mrs Ahmad.

After fleeing a Blackburn safehouse, Mrs Ahmad moved to Burnley – but in August 2009, police received a call reporting Riaz was banging on the door.

Police arrived promptly, but there was no sign of Riaz. An officer assessed the security of her home and made a request for a police alarm to be installed.

The IPCC said: “This was the right thing to do and there is no criticism of Lancashire Police.”