Cabbie murdered a mum-to-be weeks after taking her as a second wife in an Islamic marriage ceremony.

Saiba Khatoon was killed in a ferocious attack involving three knives at her home on Darlington Road, Rochdale. She was found in a pool of blood by her seven-year-old son, Faris, and died the next day, on her 27th birthday, after being repeatedly stabbed in the heart.

Siraj Arif, of Armstronghurst Close, Rochdale, is now beginning a life sentence after admitting her murder in a Manchester Crown Court hearing. He must serve 21 years before release can be considered.

The court heard that Saiba’s pregnancy had triggered a series of arguments between Arif and his wives and Saiba’s family, climaxing in the killing.

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