Man held terminally ill woman hostage for 15 hours and threatened to kill her

A man threatened to stab a terminally ill woman to death during a terrifying 15 hour hostage ordeal.

Shazad Mahmood put a knife to the victim’s back and throat while he barricaded the door to a flat in Quinton, Birmingham – prompting a lengthy overnight police siege.

A court heard the horrifying incident was like “torture” for the woman, Birmingham Live reports.

Mahmood, 35, claimed the ordeal was a ‘cry for help’ for support with his mental health problems.

He was also convicted of a number of driving offences in relation to a separate incident where he crashed a stolen car into a bus following a police chase.

The harrowing details of the case were laid bare at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, December 10.

The sentencing resumed on Friday (December 11) but Mahmood failed to show for the video-link hearing and he will now learn his fate next week.

Police had previously imposed bail conditions instructing him not to contact the woman, said prosecutor Richard Franck.

But on July 17 he held her hostage at the flat after first forcing out her friend.

Mr Franck said: “He had a fight with the friend and got her out of the flat. He then barricaded himself in. The victim had been feeling very unwell and requested a district nurse who hadn’t come.

“She asked him to leave. He held a knife to her back and throat. The victim was terrified and ill and says she was shaking continuously.”

Due to the commotion people started to gather outside. They shouted up to the flat window and began to argue with Mahmood.

Mr Franck said: “During that the defendant threatened to stab the victim. She was begging him to let her go. He said ‘shut the f*** up’.

“At 7.28pm he called 999 himself. During the call he stated he had a knife to her neck and he was going to stab her.”

The court heard that Mahmood ranged from being ‘calm and respectful’ towards attending police officers to warning them their presence was putting the victim in ‘danger’.

The siege concluded at 10.30am the following morning when he unblocked the door and came out with his hands up.

The driving offences occurred around seven months earlier.

Police started to follow Mahmood driving a stolen Vauxhall on false plates in Birmingham city centre during the afternoon rush hour of December 17. When they illuminated their blue lights he sped off and mounted the pavement to escape.

During the pursuit Mahmood ran red lights, travelled on the wrong side of the road and hit speeds of 50mph on 30mph roads weaving through busy traffic. The pursuit came to a stop on City Road when he smashed into the front of a bus causing extensive damage to the Vauxhall.

Mahmood, of Hubert Road, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified as well as without a licence and insurance in relation to that incident.

There was no evidence to suggest he was directly involved in the theft of the car.

He admitted false imprisonment and threats to kill for the events of July but denied a count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, for which no evidence was offered.

Caroline Harris, defending, stated Mahmood had significant mental issues, including a personality disorder, and described the siege incident as an ‘ill-thought-out cry for help whereby the defendant called 999 himself in order to seek help with his mental health’.

She added: “Whilst not seeking to minimise what happened it perhaps wasn’t as dramatic as one might perceive, albeit the defendant did say some very unpleasant things during that time.”

Ms Harris also stated that at one point Mahmood told the victim she was allowed to leave.

Judge Sarah Buckingham said: “He imprisoned a very, very, very ill woman. He kept her in her home from 7.30pm to 10.30am the next morning. In the of course that he was repeatedly threatening her with a knife.

“She was made to sit on a stool until she drops off and falls asleep. It was akin to torture. It is a preposterous suggestion she would attempt to go anywhere while this man was clutching a knife.”

They also had a heated exchange about whether Mahmood should be classed as ‘dangerous’ by legal definition.

Judge Buckingham added: “This sounded pretty horrific. This man has a dreadful record for someone so young. Frankly he is out of control at times.”