Mohammad Ureza Azizi beat his wife Malak Adabzadeh to death after she had an affair with a family friend, then trashed their apartment to make it look like they had been robbed
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A husband murdered his wife and left their son to find his mum in a ‘pool of blood’ after she had an affair with a family friend.
Malak Adabzadeh, 47, was killed by Mohammad Ureza Azizi who used an unidentified weapon to inflict 11 head injuries as she tried to desperately defend herself.
A hearing at Liverpool Crown Court heard how Azizi trashed their apartment to make it look like it had been robbed before later returning with his son, and letting him find his mum “in a pool of blood” face down in the bath, Liverpool Echo reported.
Iranian national Azizi, who was today jailed for life, had found out his wife was seeing married man Tooraj Khorshidi, who would visit to give her Botox and lip fillers.
Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said he had no doubt that day, or shortly before Azizi discovered the affair, that his wife “had packed a bag and was ending the marriage.”
He said: “It may well be that she told you as much some time that morning and that it was this discovery, or this disclosure, that was the catalyst for what you then did.”
After being questioned about the affair by police, Azizi told them: “Culturally in the past it was unacceptable this matter and you could be stoned to death.”
Judge Andrew Menary, QC, jailed Azizi for life with a minimum of 16 years, said: “It may well be that she told you as much some time that morning and that it was this discovery, or this disclosure, that was the catalyst for what you then did.”
Azizi, who had no previous convictions, admitted murder.
Liverpool Crown Court heard Ms Adabzadeh and her then teenage son Payam Azizi traveled from Iran to the UK in 2018 and were granted asylum and her husband, 58, joined them 15 months later.
Ms Adabzadeh started a sexual relationship with Mr Khorshidi, another Iranian national who lived in Norris Green, who would “give her Botox and filler injections”.
On Thursday November 25, Ms Adabzadeh planned to meet Mr Khorshidi at Edge Lane retail park, then spend the night together at Dream Luxury Apartments in Liverpool city centre.
However, she didn’t turn up and Mr Khorshidi couldn’t contact her, so twice went to her home and called her son, who was at college.
The court heard they had exchanged WhatsApp messages, in which Mr Khorshidi referred to her as “my doll” and said “I die for you”, and she called him “dear”, until she sent a final text at 11.57am.
Mr McLachlan said: “Shortly afterwards she would be battered to death by her husband.”
Azizi was seen with a carrier bag, which prosecutors alleged contained items connected to the murder. He ditched the items in a skip in Inigo Road in Stoneycroft, before he went into shops, without buying anything, so he was on CCTV and had an alibi.
Mr Khorshidi went to their address a third time and found their car door open. He discovered Ms Adabzadeh’s “favorite bag” in her boot. At around 4.45pm, Azizi waited to meet his son getting off a bus and they walked home together. There they met Mr Khorshidi, before they went inside.
A pathologist found Ms Adabzadeh with wounds to her head and face, caused by “repeated forceful blows with a blunt weapon”.
He said: “Azizi made sure he left the flat in a state so that it would appear that it had been ransacked, in other words burgled, but it had not.”
Mr McLachlan added: “When they entered the flat, Mohammed Azizi made sure that he did not find his dead wife. He checked every other room bar the bathroom. It was Payam who discovered the body of his mother.”
Nick Johnson, QC, defending, said all the evidence suggested Azizi had never been violent to his wife previously and had “done his very best over the years to act as a husband should”.
He said his client was remorseful for the “dreadful” killing and leaving his son alone without any family.
Judge Menary said Azizi “deliberately” tried to “cover up” the murder, then let his son find his mother.
He said: “You could have prevented that. If you had wanted to be merciful to your son, you could have avoided that.”
Judge Menary said Ms Adabzadeh was a “perfectly delightful woman, who was unhappy in her marriage to you and simply wanted a different life”.
Mr Johnson said: “All of the evidence suggests this was an impulsive and spur of the moment attack.”