UK Gets Its First Muslim-on-White Honor Killing

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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It’s a multicultural milestone. Or is that millstone? Either way a teenage girl is dead because she believed her teachers and politicians who told her that the new immigrants were just as English as she was and might even have superior cultural values.

Laura Wilson was just 17-years-old when she was stabbed to death next to a canal in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in 2010.

This wasn’t a mugging gone wrong, or a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact, the mother-of-one was the victim of Britain’s first white honour killing. Her death was premeditated murder, plotted and committed by the boyfriend she was madly in love with.

Laura’s crime was to bring dishonour on her Muslim lover Ashtiaq Ashgar, 21, who is now serving a life sentence for the brutal murder.

Her sister, Sarah, reveals on tonight’s episode of Britain’s Darkest Taboos on Crime & Investigation Network: ‘She loved him. She worshipped the ground he walked on, she really did. She would have done anything for him.’

Ashtiaq came from a traditional Muslim family who were planning an arranged marriage for their son with a girl from Pakistan.

When Laura found out that he has been seeing other girls, they broke up and she slept with this married friend, 22-year-old Ishaq ‘Zac’ Hussein, to make him jealous.

Only 16, she fell pregnant as a result of the fling and had a daughter, Alicia. Zac refused to acknowledge he was the father.

After Alicia is born, Laura and Ashtiaq rekindled their relationship but he insisted it must continue to be a secret. But while Laura was very much in love, her mother, Maggie, believes Ashtiaq was just using Laura for sex and treated her badly.

She said: ‘I heard a phone conversation between Laura and Ashtiaq, Laura telling him how much he loved him and he was just so nasty. You could hear Laura crying in the background. He was saying just how much he hated her and that he’d got another girl, and he wasn’t interested in her and she’s shouting back “I love ya, I love ya…”. He used Laura I think at the end.’

Laura soon became sick of being Ashtiaq secret and on October 6, 2010, fuelled by alcohol, she and her sister made the fatal mistake of revealing all to his family.

They knocked on his mother’s door and told her what was going on.

Sarah recalls: ‘Laura told her that she wanted to marry him, but his mother got aggressive and hit her with a shoe, calling her “a dirty white b****”.’

Two days later, Laura’s body was found in the canal. She had more than 40 stab wounds, most of those to the head, and some were defence wounds.

On December 21 the judge sentenced 18-year-old Ashtiaq to 17-and-a-half years imprisonment for Laura’s murder.

‘He showed no remorse, just upset at the amount of time he got in jail,’ says Maggie.

Why should he? In Islamic culture, women, especially non-Muslim ones, have no value. The UK is filled with Pakistani, Afghani and Somali settlers who live by the values of their home countries and inflict those values on the natives as they colonize the physical and social territory of the United Kingdom.

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  • London_Liz

    No, it’s 16 & hasn’t been lower, though there was an attempt to float the 15 balloon earlier this week but it was shot down by the Government & mostly everybody.else.

  • dukestreet

    “Here is a good moral. Do not have sexual relations with someone you would not marry.” Better yet, don’t have set until you are married. No pregnancy out of wedlock that way.

  • Kathy Thompson Ellis

    Regardless of whether the parents controlled her actions, there is no excuse for murder. This is not “what you get” if you don’t control your child. It is not their fault she was murdered. The blame lies solely on the ‘boyfriend’. Parental guidance and control is a completely different issue. For all we know, she was grounded and snuck out. For all we know, she was continually forbidden to see this boy or any other boy. A teenage girl that sees herself as ‘in love’ is apt to do anything with or without parent’s permission. “Her death was premeditated murder, plotted and committed by the boyfriend she was madly in love with.” ….. “she believed her teachers and politicians who told her that the new immigrants were just as English as she was and might even have superior cultural values.” ……”Laura and Ashtiaq rekindled their relationship but he insisted it must continue to be a secret. …………. I would say that this is what happens when a government forces political correctness down the throat of citizens to the point that the people begin to believe their lies and then wonder what went wrong when everything backfires on them. He took advantage of her, used her and murdered her.

    • laura r

      parents need to send the message that muslims=danger. if they start to say it when the children are young maybe it will sink in later.

      • Kathy Thompson Ellis

        unfortunately, our society is trying to push tolerance for muslim jihad and sharia law. If a parent believes those lies, why would they admonish their children to stay away from muslims? I agree parents should teach their children. Most parents are as confused as the kids any more about what is going on in the world. It is a “who or what do I believe?” situation. The solution and game changer is Jesus Christ. Believe Jesus. Believe in Him. Believe Who He is and what He did. Have faith in Him. Everything else flows from that faith even down to being able to discern truth.