A SICK pizza shop boss has been convicted of murdering his wife and hiding her body in an unmarked grave for more than six months.
Nezam Salangy, 44, told cops that Zobaidah Salangy, 28, "had gone out for a run and never come back", after leaving him for a "new boyfriend", prosecutors said.
But twisted Salangy had murdered his wife of eight years at his pizza shop before dumping her body in woodland.
Jurors at Worcester Crown Court today found him guilty of murdering his wife in March 2020.
As he was led out of the dock, Salangy stared at police officers telling them “you guys framed me”.
His brothers, Mohammed Yasin, 34, and Mohammed Ramin, 31, have also been found guilty of assisting an offender.
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Ramin travelled 90 miles by taxi from his and Yasin's home in Cardiff, Wales, to help bury the body which was wrapped in plastic bags.
The pizza shop boss reported his wife missing to police, telling them that she had "she had gone out for a run and never come back".
Worcester Crown Court heard that Salangy said his wife's passport was missing and he was "confident" she was alive and had travelled abroad.
He told them: "She has relatives living in Turkey and I’m confident she may have gone to Turkey."
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Salangy even branded detectives as "childish" after they called him a murderer, insisting that she would return home in a day or two.
The defendant added: “They say a very bad thing. They say: ‘You’re a killer, you’re the murderer’. I haven’t done it."
Officers initially searched the woodland in April 2020, but did not discover the mum-of-two until a second search in October.
The court heard that forensics were unable to ascertain a cause of death, but discovered the body next to a rope and the duvet matched pillowcases found in the home address.
Prosecuting Simon Denison QC said it was an “unfortunate fact” of the case Mrs Salangy’s body was initially missed by police.
During the trial the jury heard that the pair had been unhappy in their relationship, and an argument broke out on March 27, 2020.
The court heard that he killed his wife at Prego Pizza, in Austin Road, the day after the row and called his brothers to help move her body.
Salangy told friends that his wife had left him, and showed them messages that he had sent to himself saying she was going back to Afghanistan.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Peters, from West Mercia Police, said: "This was a horrendous crime and I am glad to see that Salangy and his brothers will now pay the price for their actions.
"A young woman died and two children are now growing up without both parents.
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"My thoughts are with them and other family members affected by Zobaidah's death."
All three brothers will be sentenced later this year.
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