'You're going to be six feet under like Sarah': Inquest resumes into woman who died after running into street on fire

Nosheen Akhtar, also known as Sarah Hussain
-Credit: (Image: family handout)


Minutes after his wife ran into the street on fire, Waqas Mahmood phoned his ex-partner and told her: "I'm going to get done for manslaughter", an inquest heard today (July 8).

Nosheen Akhtar, also known as Sarah Hussain, died after suffering horrific burns at her home in East Street, Bury.

An inquest has previously heard that Ms Hussain told paramedics that Mr Mahmood had 'set her on fire'. Other witnesses at the scene claimed the 31-year-old informed them that she had set herself ablaze.

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In the days after the incident on July 23, 2021, Mr Mahmood's ex-wife, Kierran Kayani, told police he had phoned her and said Ms Hussain "had burned herself". However, an inquest today was told how she later informed officers that her initial account was incorrect, and that Mr Mahmood had told her he was "going to get done for manslaughter" during the call.

The resumed inquest at Rochdale Coroners Court also heard about an incident in November 2022 - 16 months after Ms Hussain's death - when Mr Mahmood turned up at Ms Kayani's home in a drunken rage.

Ms Kayani said her ex-husband had banged on her door before shouting: "You f****** b****, where are the kids?"

She alleged that he added: "Watch what I do to you. You're going to be six feet under like Sarah."

Ms Kayani said her children left the address with Mr Mahmood and she did not report the incident to police as she was "too scared".

She said she was "petrified" of Mr Mahmood, to whom she had been married for ten years before they divorced in April 2020 amid concerns about his heavy drinking. Ms Kayani said he would become violent when drunk and had previously "pushed and shoved" her.

Following the divorce, Ms Kayani said she and Mr Mahmood stayed in touch as they shared custody over their three children.

Just months after divorcing Ms Kayani, Mr Mahmood married Ms Hussain. The couple would argue about Mr Mahmood continuing to visit his ex-wife, the inquest has heard previously.

Giving evidence last year, Mr Mahmood denied setting fire to his wife. He said Ms Hussain had set herself ablaze following a row in which she accused him of continuing to contact Ms Kayani.

Ms Hussain died after suffering horrific burns when she was set alight
Waqas Mahmood

He said she was ‘suspicious’ about his ongoing relationship with Ms Kayani and would regularly check his mobile phone. As neighbours tried to help Ms Hussain by pouring water on her, Mr Mahmood left the scene and made a number of phone calls.

In the days following Mr Hussain's death, Ms Kayani gave a statement to police in which she claimed Mr Mahmood had called her in the aftermath of the incident.

She said he seemed "worried and out of breath", and added: "He said his wife had burned herself and asked me to pick the children up."

The inquest heard that Ms Kayani later told police that part of her statement was "not correct".

Police at the scene in East Street, Bury
Ms Hussain died after suffering horrific burns when she was set alight -Credit:Family handout

She told an officer that when Mr Mahmood phoned her, he had said: "Sarah, the silly b****, has set herself on fire. Hurry up and get here. I'm going to get done for manslaughter."

The inquest also heard about an incident in November 2022 when Ms Kayani said a drunken Mr Mahmood turned up at her home to collect their children. She said Mr Mahmood banged on her door and shouted.

Ms Kayani said her children left the address with Mr Mahmood, and she did not contact police as she was "too scared". She told the police officer that Mr Mahmood had punched her on numerous occasions during their relationship.

She said she had not reported the incidents to police "out of fear". Ms Kayani added that she had since moved away from the area as she is "petrified" of Mr Mahmood "and what he is capable of".

The inquest continues tomorrow.