A man who was found guilty of murdering his wife in Bromsgrove in 2020 has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years.

Nezam Salangy, 44, of Austin Road, Bromsgrove, had reported his 28-year-old wife Zobaidah missing but a police investigation discovered that he had murdered her and, with the help of his brothers, buried her body in woodland.

The brothers, Yasin Salangi, 33, and Ramin Salangi, 31, both of Adamscroft Place, Cardiff, were found guilty of assisting an offender.

Yasin was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.

Yasin Salangi

Ramin was sentenced to six years.

Ramin Salangi

During the seven week trial, which ended in May, the court heard that Salangy and his wife were in an unhappy marriage.

On 27 March 2020 they had an argument, part of which was recorded, and the following day she disappeared.

Salangy told a number of people that she had left him, even showing messages from her phone which he had sent to himself saying that she was going back to Afghanistan.

The reality was that on 28 March, at the couple’s pizza business in Bromsgrove, Salangy had killed his wife.

He contacted his two brothers who travelled from Cardiff to help him dispose of her body.

It was buried, bound and wrapped in a duvet cover and bin bags in a wooded area near Copyholt Lane, Lower Bentley.

On 1 April Zalangy reported his wife missing but a few days later the missing person inquiry turned into a murder investigation and the three men were arrested.

Six months later police discovered the body, though it was so decomposed that cause of death cannot be established.

Following the sentencing at Worcester Crown Court today, Thursday 23 June, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Peters said:

“Nezam Salangy committed an horrific crime, brutally murdering his wife and burying her body to try to cover up his actions and I am glad that he will now pay the price for that and spend the next 18 years in prison.

“Yasin and Ramin Salangi knew they were doing wrong helping their brother and they too have been served the justice they deserve.

“The other victims in this case are the children who have now lost both parents and my thoughts are with them and wider family members.”