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Couple jailed for petrol attack in Forest Gate

PUBLISHED: 16:30 22 October 2011 | UPDATED: 08:13 24 October 2011

A man who doused his love ­rival in petrol and then set him on fire has been jailed for 25 years for attempted murder.

Dilwar Hussain, 33, waited for Furquan Iqbal to arrive home ­after he had finished his night shift as a security guard in St George’s Road, Forest Gate.

Mr Iqbal had just parked his car and was sitting inside when ­Hussain approached and asked for a cigarette. When Mr Iqbal passed a cigarette and lighter through the window, Hussain threw petrol over him and ignited it.

Mr Iqbal was engulfed in flames which left 65 per cent burns.

His screams alerted a neighbour who managed to put out the fire.

Hussain, of Wanstead Lane, ­Ilford, appeared at St Albans Crown Court for sentence after ­being convicted by a jury of ­attempted murder and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.

Mr Iqbal’s girlfriend, Nausheen Quraishi, 29, of Hartley Road, Wanstead, who had been seeing Hussain ­behind his back, was jailed for 15 years ­after being found guilty of conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm.

The jury heard Quraishi found herself in a troubled and obsessive relationship with Mr Hussain who from time to time would slap her.

By June of 2008 she had begun an intimate relationship with Hussain and wanted to leave Mr Iqbal. In the early hours of June 12 2008 Hussain was waiting for Mr Iqbal. Quraishi had told him what time her boyfriend arrive.

The court heard she thought Hussain was going to beat up her boyfriend for striking her.

But Hussain had decided to get rid of his rival for good.

Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Bright, QC, told Huissain he had been “chillingly calm and cold blooded”.

Quraishi had played the role of a “distraught girlfriend” and had laid a false trail for the police to follow.


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