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Watford man jailed for life after murdering his father

A custody image of Husnein Amjad. <i>(Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)</i>
A custody image of Husnein Amjad. (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)

A 24-year-old Watford man has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering his father.

Husnein Amjad, of Fuller Road, was sentenced today (Thursday, December 7) following a 13-day trial at St Albans Crown Court.

He will now spend a minimum of 17 years in prison before he’s considered for parole.

During the trial, the jury reached a unanimous verdict following evidence that showed the defendant had violently beaten his father to death inside the family home on October 28, 2021.

Watford Observer: The sentence follows a 13-day trial at St Albans Crown Court.
Watford Observer: The sentence follows a 13-day trial at St Albans Crown Court.

The sentence follows a 13-day trial at St Albans Crown Court. Shortly after 6pm, family members found 52-year-old Amjad Hussain with serious injuries inside an upstairs bedroom.

Police and ambulance services were called to the scene, before Mr Hussain was pronounced dead at 7.02pm.

Amjad was arrested and charged with his murder having previously visited Watford Police Station to hand himself in, unaware his father would later die at the scene.

Watford Observer: A police tent in Fuller Road, Watford.
Watford Observer: A police tent in Fuller Road, Watford.

A police tent in Fuller Road, Watford.

Amjad pleaded guilty to manslaughter in April 2022 but denied murder.

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At the time of the attack, Husnein Amjad’s mother had put her mobile phone on audio record when she left the house because there were rumours that her husband Amjad Hussain had married another woman while he was away in Pakistan.

St Albans Crown Court heard Shabham Bi had wanted to record any conversations her husband was having.

This phone recording captured the attack, and was later used as evidence during the trial.

During the trial, prosecutor Wayne Cleaver said: "It captures events over about 50 minutes during which time sounds can clearly be heard consistent with his father being hit and kicked, groaning as if semi-conscious and in pain.

Watford Observer: Husnein Amjad, who was found guilty of murdering his own father.
Watford Observer: Husnein Amjad, who was found guilty of murdering his own father.

Husnein Amjad, who was found guilty of murdering his own father. (Image: Hertfordshire Constabulary)

"The defendant has abandoned any suggestion that his father’s death was an accident, or was done in self-defence. Instead, he now claims that the killing occurred during a loss of self control."

After Husnein Amjad was sentenced, Detective Chief Inspector Sam Khanna commented: “This was an assault within the family house that has sadly resulted in a family losing a husband and father.

“This has been an extensive investigation and a sad case that Amjad will now need to reflect on from behind bars.

"My thoughts remain with Mr Hussain’s family and friends at this difficult time and following today’s sentencing.”