Ex-lovers' 'mission to kill' young mum Laura
Student Laura Wilson (17), had a brief fling with married near neighbour Ishaq Hussain (22), and gave birth to their daughter in June last year.
But Sheffield Crown Court heard Hussain failed to acknowledge the child as his own and did not offer any support.
This led to friction between Laura and her family and Hussain. It culminated last October in Laura storming round to Hussain’s house and telling his family that he was the father of the child, said Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting.
Hussain and his friend Ashtiaq Asghar (18), who had also had an affair with Laura and was her first love, then sent a flurry of texts to one another.
They adopted the language of the cult British film Four Lions about Islamic terrorists and mounted a “mission to kill Laura Wilson,” said Mr Campbell.
Asghar sent a text to Hussain which read: “I'm gonna send that kaffir bitch straight to hell.”
He later told a friend Laura and her friends had brought trouble to his door and he was “very angry.”
Asghar sent texts to the friend using words to the effect of “I’m going to kill Laura,” said
Mr Campbell. “She was a loose cannon and they had to get rid of her,” he said.
Ishaq Hussain, of Ferham Road, Rotherham and Ashtiaq Asghar, also from Rotherham, deny murdering Laura between October 8 and October 11 last year.
The teenager went missing from home in Holmes, Rotherham and her body was found two days later in a local canal.
Mr Campbell told the jury: “The two defendants are jointly responsible for her murder.”
The court heard that Laura’s elder sister Sarah had looked upon Hussain as being “like a brother” to her in the area of mixed ethnicity where they grew up.
Before the affair with Hussain, Laura had fallen in love with Asghar and they too had a sexual relationship. They resumed the affair after Laura had the baby with Hussain.
Laura had problems with literacy and played truant towards the end of her school career.
“But she embraced life with gusto, she was an attractive and popular girl,” said Mr Campbell.
Laura began drinking with Fay Williams, who had also had a baby daughter to Hussain.
The two girls knew each other before they fell pregnant and became firm friends.
They realised Hussain would never marry them and Laura was only interested in Asghar, said Mr Campbell.
But a week before Laura’s death, Asghar taunted Laura about a drunken telephone conversation she had and this increased the tension.
Hussain began taking his responsibilities to Faye Williams’ daughter more seriously and refused to acknowledge Laura’s baby.
Laura and her sister took exception to this and arranged a meeting with Hussain who claimed he was not the father of her baby and blamed Asghar.
Hussain began to panic according to a bystander and grabbed Laura and shook her violently shouting: “Don’t tell my family.”
Mr Campbell said Hussain continued to ignore the daughter as his. “Laura Wilson wasn’t seeking a relationship being in love with Asghar she was seeking some support for her daughter.”
Hussain later told police his family knew about his child with Fay Williams but he was trying to keep the other baby's existence secret.
He was also annoyed that Laura had threatened to “grass” him to his family.
Laura then took matters in to her own hands and went to see the Asghar and Hussain families to tell all.
Laura told Asghar’s mother she loved her son and “wanted to have babies” by him but the mother became angry and hit Laura with a shoe.
She said he would never have a baby with a white girl and called her “a dirty white bitch who opens her legs.” Laura then saw Hussain’s family and told them she had given birth to his baby.
“Her actions that night brought the truth to both of their front doors,” said Mr Campbell.
After that Hussain and Asghar spent more and more time together. Texts recovered later showed they even talked about getting a gun.
In the language of the film Asghar said: “I will make a show and make some beans on toast.”
This was a reference to the carnage after a bomb blast, said Mr Campbell.
It was clear the references to “unbelieving kaffir bastards” referred to the “mission” to kill Laura.
The trial continues.