The New York Daily Paper
Today's News Headlines, Breaking News & Latest News from US and World, News from Politics, Sports, Business, Arts and Entertainment.

Police Mistakes ‘Materially Contributed’ to the Murders of Raneem Oudeh and His Mother Khaola Saleem

0

A catalog of police failures ‘materially contributed’ to the deaths of a young woman and her mother, who were murdered by the daughter’s ‘obsessive and ‘controlling’ partner, the investigation has found.

Raneem Oudeh, 22, was murdered outside her mother Khowla Saleem’s home in Solihull, West Midlands, shortly after midnight on August 27, 2018.

The couple were violently stabbed to death by Janbaz Tarin while Ms Oudeh was on the phone with West Midlands Police.

Tarin, who admitted to the murders, was jailed for life with a minimum of 32 years in December 2018.

But an inquest into the death of Ms Oudeh and her mother found that mistakes by West Midlands Police officers had contributed to their deaths.

Tonight the deputy police chief of the force has issued a formal apology for his role in the tragedy.

In a statement, he said: “On behalf of West Midlands Police, I would like to apologize to the family of Raneem and Khaola – we should have done more.” His dignity throughout the investigation has been humiliating.

Raneem Oudeh (pictured), 22, and his mother Khaola Saleem, 49, were murdered by Janbaz Tarin, then 21, in Solihull, West Midlands, on August 27, 2018.

Raneem Oudeh (pictured), 22, and his mother Khaola Saleem, 49, were murdered by Janbaz Tarin, then 21, in Solihull, West Midlands, on August 27, 2018.

On the night of his death, 22-year-old Raneem Oudeh (pictured) and his mother, Khaola Saleem, were out partying at a local shisha bar when Tarin turned up.

On the night of his death, 22-year-old Raneem Oudeh (pictured) and his mother, Khaola Saleem, were out partying at a local shisha bar when Tarin turned up.

On the night of his death, 22-year-old Raneem Oudeh (pictured) and his mother, Khaola Saleem, were out partying at a local shisha bar when Tarin turned up.

More could have been done to protect Raneem from the campaign of domestic abuse she suffered in the months before her death at the hands of the man who would kill her and her mother.

“It is clear that we should have done more to piece together the incidents of abuse reported to us so that the officers considering Raneem’s case would have a complete picture of the ordeal Raneem was enduring at the hands of Janbaz Tarin.”

Speaking outside the Coroner’s Court in Birmingham this afternoon, Nour Norris, Ms Oudeh’s aunt, said: “The failure of the West Midlands Police led to the loss of our dear sister Khowla Saleem and her daughter Raneem Oudeh.”

Both were killed at the hands of Raneem’s ex-husband after a history of domestic abuse, coercive control and harassment, all of which were known to police at the time. West Midlands Police have failed Khowla and Raneem beyond belief.

‘They had so many chances to save their lives until the end. Both were killed while on the phone with the police asking for help.

Ms. Oudeh had filed numerous reports with the police against her estranged lover, including death threats, violence and harassment.

The investigation heard how police had been called to Ms Oudeh’s address on seven separate occasions in the weeks leading up to the murders. And that Ms Oudeh had frantically called 999 four times the night she died.

A terrified Ms. Oudeh had applied for a no sexual assault order before she was killed.

Tarin had been married to Ms. Oudeh under Islamic law, but their relationship broke down after his lies about his secret family in the Middle East surfaced.

An inquest heard that Ms Oudeh was afraid to report the abuse by Tarin (pictured), because she was worried that social services would take her son away.

An inquest heard that Ms Oudeh was afraid to report the abuse by Tarin (pictured), because she was worried that social services would take her son away.

An inquest heard that Ms Oudeh was afraid to report the abuse by Tarin (pictured), because she was worried that social services would take her son away.

Ms. Oudeh, pictured here, had been living with Tarin and their two-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Ms. Oudeh, pictured here, had been living with Tarin and their two-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Ms. Oudeh, pictured here, had been living with Tarin and their two-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Ms. Oudeh had been living with Tarin and her two-year-old son from a previous relationship.

After the breakup, Tarin continued to threaten and harass her, sleeping outside Ms. Saleem’s home for 12 consecutive nights, the inquest heard.

The night of her death, the mother and daughter were out partying at a local shisha bar when Tarin showed up.

Chilling CCTV footage shows Ms Oudeh calling 999, the first of four calls to police that night.

As the dispute escalates, the camera catches Tarin insulting the couple and had previously threatened them: “If you leave me, I will kill you and your family.”

He left the shisha bar armed with a knife, and tragically, just hours later, Ms. Oudeh was on the phone with the police when he stabbed her.

Ms. Saleem, 49, tried to save her daughter from the attack, but she too was fatally stabbed by Tarin, who fled the scene before officers arrived.

Police then launched a manhunt and offered a £5,000 reward to anyone who could help find the killer, and three days later he was cornered by police in the Sparkhill area of ​​Birmingham.

In inquests into the deaths of the two women which have resumed at Birmingham and Solihull Coroner’s Courts, an 11-member jury heard evidence about Ms Oudeh and Tarin’s relationship from her aunt, Nour Norris.

Senior Coroner Louise Hunt also told jurors they would hear evidence of West Midlands Police’s response to several forcible phone calls made by Ms Oudeh about her abusive partner before her death.

In her testimony, Ms Norris recounted how Raneem had fled the war in Syria to join her mother and family already living in the UK in 2014.

She said that after she arrived, her ‘ambitious’ niece enrolled at Solihull College.

It was in his English study group that he met his classmate Tarin.

Ms. Norris described how Tarin would “buy her presents, do things for her”.

“At first, she thought it was just a friendship, then it led her to harass her, to tease her,” he said.

‘She had to report it to the university to leave her alone. He was suspended (from the university).’

Later, through her family, Ms. Norris recounted how Ms. Oudeh “met a man” whom she later married and became pregnant with his child.

However, that relationship failed before the birth and she ended up having the baby ‘alone’.

“He felt very vulnerable,” Ms Norris said.

By the summer of 2016, Ms Oudeh was “depressed, upset: she was a single mother at the age of 20” and was still “stalked” by Tarin, Ms Norris added.

After his niece moved into a flat in Kingshurst Road, Solihull, Tarin “slowly and gradually” convinced Ms Oudeh to rekindle their relationship.

He claimed Tarin told his niece ‘this time you’re mine’.

On April 2, 2017, Tarin and Ms. Oudeh had an Islamic marriage, but Ms. Norris said the family as a whole felt something was wrong.

Shortly after the wedding, Ms Oudeh seemed “disturbed” when she told her aunt about a comment Tarin made to his new wife as they signed the wedding paperwork.

Ms Oudeh's mother, Khaola Saleem (pictured), 49, died alongside her daughter after Tarin shot them outside their home in Solihull, West Midlands, on August 27, 2018.

Ms Oudeh's mother, Khaola Saleem (pictured), 49, died alongside her daughter after Tarin shot them outside their home in Solihull, West Midlands, on August 27, 2018.

Ms Oudeh’s mother, Khaola Saleem (pictured), 49, died alongside her daughter after Tarin shot them outside their home in Solihull, West Midlands, on August 27, 2018.

“He turned to her and whispered in her ear ‘in our culture, we don’t have a divorce, now you are my wife, the day you leave, I will kill you,'” Ms Norris said.

After the wedding, Mrs Norris said: “He (Tarin) became very controlling and he became quite obsessive, that she was his belonging.”

She added: “He wanted her to dress and talk a certain way, to share the bedroom in a certain way.”

The marriage began to break down again after Tarin traveled to Afghanistan in late 2017, where it emerged he had another wife and three children, with a fourth on the way.

In January 2018, Ms Oudeh told him the relationship was over, but he started harassing her again and “slept in the car outside her house for days,” Ms Norris said.

On one occasion, he sent Ms Norris a picture on Facebook of his left arm, on which he had used a ‘razor’ to carve Raneem’s name.

Ms Oudeh briefly got back together with Tarin, but in April 2018 she wanted to get rid of him for good, which is when things “really escalated”.

Ms Norris claimed her niece tried to be direct with Tarin, because her repeated calls to the police led to little action, with visits from social workers leaving her ‘scared’ that her son would be taken from her.

“She called the police several times before and…they didn’t really listen to her properly and didn’t take her seriously, or they blamed her,” he said.

“They will tell him ‘you are wasting our time, you have to take care of him yourself, kick him out, you can’t call us all the time.’ Ask him to move out.’

Ms Norris also recounted how Ms Oudeh was “worried about her baby” and social service involvement.

“She wanted to cooperate with the social workers, but she was too afraid that if she told them everything, they would take her baby away from her,” Ms Norris said.

In August 2018, Ms. Oudeh applied for a no sexual assault order, but on the night of August 26, Tarin followed Ms. Saleem and Ms. Oudeh to the Rotana Shisha Lounge.

Tarin ‘beat’ her in the restaurant and then followed them when they left.

Ms Hunt told the jury: “The police have been called – you will hear that their response was delayed due to a firearms incident.”

It was shortly after midnight that Janbaz Tarin murdered Raneem and Khowla in front of his address.

He was later found guilty of both murders.