A family from Clara Street in Huddersfield, including Asgar Sheikh, 31, Khalid Sheikh, 55, Shabnam Sheikh, 52, and Shagufa Sheikh, 29, have been sentenced after their mistreatment of 38-year-old Ambreen Sheikh left her in a vegetative state. The verdict was delivered at Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday (February 14), where the family members were found guilty of causing or allowing a vulnerable adult to suffer physical harm.

The Sheikhs were also sentenced for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, with Asgar, Shagufa, and Shabnam Sheikh facing an additional charge of doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice. Another family member, Sakalayne Sheikh, 24, of Clara Street, was sentenced separately for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Asgar Sheikh received a prison sentence of seven years and nine months, while Khalid Sheikh was sentenced to the same term. Shagufa Sheikh received a suspended sentence of 18 months, valid for two years, and Sakalayne Sheikh received a suspended sentence of six months, also valid for two years.

The investigation began in July 2015 when staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary contacted the police after Ambreen Fatima Sheikh, 29, was admitted unconscious with various physical injuries. Medical professionals found discrepancies in the family’s account of the incident, noting sores, marks, and a burn injury on Ambreen’s body.

Subsequent to Ambreen’s hospitalisation, all family members were arrested, leading to a thorough and prolonged investigation guided by the latest medical evidence. Charges were filed against all parties in October 2022.

During the trial, the court heard that Ambreen had been in good health until a few weeks before being admitted to the hospital. She was diagnosed with ingesting anti-diabetic medication despite not being diabetic. Tragically, Ambreen remains in a ‘vegetative state’ with no expectation of recovery.

DCI Matthew Holdsworth of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “This has been an awful case in which a young, healthy woman has been catastrophically injured and robbed of her future by the very people she should have expected to protect her.

“While Ambreen still technically lives, it is tragically believed she may never regain consciousness.

“I am grateful that justice has at least been delivered for Ambreen today and that those responsible for her suffering have been punished for the truly wicked offences they committed.”