A teenage wife has stabbed her husband’s mistress after finding out that they had been sleeping together while her baby was gravely ill in hospital.
Natasha Khan, 18, from Whalley Range in Manchester, stabbed Leah Cryne, also 18, when she saw her walking with her husband Hamza Farid. The woman was stabbed six times and was rushed to hospital for treatment to arm and shoulder injuries.
Police spoke to Miss Cryne while she was in hospital at Manchester Royal Infirmary. They then headed to nearby St Mary’s Hospital, where Khan was sitting with her one-month-old baby Aydin, who later died, having been born prematurely.
A jury at Minshull Street Crown Court heard that the two teenagers had earlier exchanged angry words over the phone. Miss Cryne told her love rival: “I hope your son dies and when he does I’m going to dig him up and spit on him.” In response, Khan is said to have threatened her. Khan has now been jailed for three years and four months after she pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, and to failing to answer bail conditions. She also has an indefinite restraining order imposed, which means she cannot contact the victim indefinitely.
Khan married Mr Farid before the couple had a little boy, Aydin, together in 2015. However the baby was born 24 weeks prematurely. Khan has found out that her husband had been meeting up in secret with Miss Cryne while she was tending to their baby in hospital.
Following the stabbing, Miss Cryne was found with her arms covered in blood. She told police that she knew her attacker as Khan. Miss Cryne was kept in hospital for two days for treatment.
At first, Khan told police that she had been with her baby at the time of the stabbing, but confessed to a colleague. Her defence team said she was provoked in the most terrible way because of the victim’s actions in sleeping with her husband, and the words she used about her baby.