A mother told friends she feared for her life before her husband stabbed her to death in a ‘savage’ attack while their children were waiting to go to school, a court heard.
Ayesha Hasan, 34, sent a ‘chilling’ WhatsApp message to friends saying, ‘If something happens to me please take care of my kids,’ jurors at the Old Bailey were told.
Asim Hasan, 33, is accused of killing his wife in a ferocious attack that saw him break a piece of skull from her head. Mrs Hasan was found in a pool of blood in their flat in Burrard Road, Canning Town on May 19, 2022.
Their two children, both aged under ten, were in the flat and waiting to be taken to school when the attack took place around 6am. Hasan denies murder.
Hasan had accused his wife of having an affair, but the prosecutor told the court: ‘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.’
Asim Hasan, 33, is accused of killing his wife Ayesha Hasan, 32, by stabbing her while their children waited to be taken to school. Mrs Hasan was found in a pool of blood in their flat in Burrard Road, Canning Town (pictured)
Prosecutor Joel Smith said: ‘At 6.24 in the morning of 19 May 2022 this defendant telephoned 999 from his home address.
‘He sounded distressed and he told the operator: “I’ve just stabbed my wife.”
‘He was asked where, and he said to the neck. He said that the knife he had used was on the floor and then he began crying and he could be heard to say “please breathe” and “please don’t go”.
‘He said he was in the kitchen and the two children were in the house but unhurt.
‘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.
Ayesha Hasan sent a ‘chilling’ WhatsApp message saying ‘If something happens to me please take care of my kids’, jurors at the Old Bailey (pictured) were told
‘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.’
The court heard that the couple had had an Islamic marriage but by 2022 the relationship had soured and they were arguing about money, Hasan’s behaviour and his belief that his wife was having an affair.
Mrs Hasan had become so scared of her husband that she had started recording voice notes of his behaviour on her phone and sending messages to her friends, the prosecutor said.
Mrs Hasan kept a folder of images on her phone of when her husband had been violent to her showing a black eye and cuts to her face, including one 11 days before her death.
Last May 9, she sent a ‘desperate’ WhatsApp message to friends, which Mr Smith said was particularly ‘chilling’, the court heard.
In it, she said Hasan had accused her of being unfaithful and went on to voice fears ‘he would have killed me’ but for the presence of others in the house.
She said her husband had come home from work and accused her of cheating on him before grabbing her hair, scratching her face and causing a bump on her eye.
Last May 9, she sent a ‘desperate’ WhatsApp message to friends, which Mr Smith said was particularly ‘chilling’, the court heard
She said she had still not recovered from the previous black eye he had given her.
Mrs Hasan said she was scared of the defendant because he was unpredictable and would ‘flip out’ and said she didn’t want to call the police but wanted him out of the house as she didn’t feel safe.
She 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.’
On May 10 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 the police were called that day but no further action was taken as Mrs Hasan appeared well.
Mr Smith said: ‘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 May 1 he contacted a lady on a Muslim dating website and tried to meet her.’
A post-mortem examination showed a severe level of force would have had to have been used to cut a piece of bone from the skull.
Hasan is said to have told police ‘I’m guilty and you can charge me’.
The court heard he accepts he stabbed his wife but says he did not intend to kill her or cause her really serious harm.
Hasan, of Burrard Road, Canning Town, denies murder.
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