Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Prisoners in court over Anwar death

Subhan Anwar was jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years for the murder of Sanam Navsarka (West Yorkshire Police/PA)

Two serving prisoners have appeared in court charged with murdering a convicted child killer in jail.

Gary David Smith, 47, and Lee William Newell, 44, appeared before Worcester Magistrates charged with the murder of Subhan Anwar.

A post mortem examination found his neck had been broken.

The two men are fellow inmates at Long Lartin jail near Evesham in Worcestershire, where Anwar was serving a minimum of 23 years for murdering a two-year-old girl. Both men were remanded in custody to appear at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday February 19.

Anwar was found dead by prison officers on Thursday evening.

He was jailed for the killing of his partner's daughter Sanam Navsarka, who suffered 107 injuries at his hands during weeks of torture. His partner and the young girl's mother, Zahbeena Navsarka was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to nine years in prison.

Anwar and Navsarka, both from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, tried to claim Sanam had stopped breathing after they left her alone in the bath for 10 minutes.

However, her tiny hand prints and bloodstains were found inside cupboards at the couple's home in Huddersfield and at a former property in Batley, West Yorkshire.

Anwar also put the helpless girl in a tumble dryer, and dumped her in the bin as her mother looked on.

Sentencing the couple in 2009, Judge Peter Thornton QC condemned their cruel and selfish treatment of Sanam and added that "humanity had let her down."

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