West Midlands Police apologise for the murders of Raneem Oudeh and her mother Khaola Saleem and


A mother and daughter who were killed by the daughter’s estranged partner were failed ‘beyond imagination’ by West Midlands Police, their family said. 

Raneem Oudeh, 22, was murdered outside her mother Khowla Saleem’s home in Solihull, West Midlands, just after midnight on August 27, 2018. 

The pair were violently stabbed to death by Janbaz Tarin as Ms Oudeh was on the phone to police at the time. 

Tarin, who admitted the killings, was jailed for life with a minimum of 32 years in December 2018. 

But an inquest into Ms Oudeh and her mother’s death found errors by West Midlands Police officers had contributed to their deaths. 

And tonight, the force’s Assistant Chief Constable Andy Hill has issued a formal apology for its role in the tragedy.

In a statement, he said: ‘On behalf of West Midlands Police, I would like to apologise to Raneem and Khaola’s family – we should have done more. Their dignity throughout the inquest has been humbling.

Raneem Oudeh (pictured), 22, and her mother Khaola Saleem, 49, were murdered by Janbaz Tarin, then 21, in Solihull, West Midlands, on August 27, 2018

Raneem Oudeh (pictured), 22, and her mother Khaola Saleem, 49, were murdered by Janbaz Tarin, then 21, in Solihull, West Midlands, on August 27, 2018

On the evening of their deaths Raneem Oudeh (pictured), 22, and her mother Khaola Saleem were on a night out at a local shisha bar when Tarin turned up

On the evening of their deaths Raneem Oudeh (pictured), 22, and her mother Khaola Saleem were on a night out at a local shisha bar when Tarin turned up

‘More could have been done to protect Raneem from the campaign of domestic abuse that she suffered in the months leading up to her death at the hands of the man who would go on to kill her and her mother.

‘It is clear that we should have done more to join-up the incidents of abuse that were being reported to us so that the officers considering Raneem’s case had a full picture of the ordeal that Raneem was enduring at the hands of Janbaz Tarin.’ 

Speaking outside the coroners’ court in Birmingham this afternoon, Nour Norris, Ms Saleem’s sister and Ms Oudeh’s aunt, told reporters that they want to see ‘culture change at all levels of policing’ following the conclusion of an inquest into the women’s deaths at Birmingham and Solihull Coroner’s Court.

Senior coroner Louise Hunt reportedly ruled on Friday that mistakes made by the force ‘materially contributed’ to their deaths.

Speaking outside the court afterwards, Ms Norris said: ‘The failure of the West Midlands Police has led to the death of our beloved sister Khowla and her daughter Raneem.

‘Both were murdered at the hands of the ex-husband of Raneem after a history of domestic abuse, coercive control and stalking – all of which police were aware of at the time.

An inquest heard Ms Oudeh feared reporting abuse by Tarin (pictured), because she was worried social services would remove her child

An inquest heard Ms Oudeh feared reporting abuse by Tarin (pictured), because she was worried social services would remove her child

Speaking outside the coroners' court in Birmingham this afternoon, Nour Norris (pictured), Ms Saleem's sister and Ms Oudeh's aunt, told reporters that they want to see 'culture change at all levels of policing'

Speaking outside the coroners’ court in Birmingham this afternoon, Nour Norris (pictured), Ms Saleem’s sister and Ms Oudeh’s aunt, told reporters that they want to see ‘culture change at all levels of policing’

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Hill, of West Midlands Police, has apologised and said the force should have done more to help

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Hill, of West Midlands Police, has apologised and said the force should have done more to help

‘West Midlands Police have failed Khowla and Raneem beyond imagination. They had so many opportunities to save their lives right up until the end. Both were murdered while on the phone to police begging for help.’

Ms Norris thanked the jury, coroner and staff before describing the experience of hearing the evidence during the three-week inquest as a ‘horror movie’.

Police chief apologises for the tragedy as he admits the force ‘could’ and ‘should have done more’ to prevent it 

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Hill said: ‘The murders of Raneem Oudeh and her mother Khaola Saleem in 2018 are among the most shocking and appalling crimes in our region in recent years.

‘On behalf of West Midlands Police, I would like to apologise to Raneem and Khaola’s family – we should have done more. Their dignity throughout the inquest has been humbling.

‘More could have been done to protect Raneem from the campaign of domestic abuse that she suffered in the months leading up to her death at the hands of the man who would go on to kill her and her mother.

‘The events leading up to this awful tragedy have rightly been examined in detail in the inquest and by other organisations to ensure that lessons can be learned and to give the families the answers they deserve.

‘It is clear that we should have done more to join-up the incidents of abuse that were being reported to us so that the officers considering Raneem’s case had a full picture of the ordeal that Raneem was enduring at the hands of Janbaz Tarin.

‘The seriousness and pattern of abuse should have been better recognised, the risk posed by Mr Tarin should have been better assessed and the crimes that were being committed should have been better identified and investigated, with action taken against Mr Tarin.

‘We should have done more to safeguard Raneem, by considering appropriate interventions such as a domestic violence protection order or a referral to the Sanctuary Scheme, which could have made her home a safer place.

‘We are continually striving to improve our response to domestic abuse. A number of key changes have already been made since the murders of Raneem and Khaola, including increasing the number of staff specifically investigating domestic abuse offences and the creation of a new team to review investigations.

‘A scrutiny panel has also been formed to review decisions and give their independent professional assessment. More training has been provided to frontline officers to help them better understand key concepts of domestic abuse. We recognise, however, that more needs to be done. We will continue to learn from the tragic events at the heart of this inquest.

‘Of course, none of this will undo the devastation that the murders of Raneem and Khaola caused to their family.

‘Above all, our thoughts are with them today and again I offer our apologies.’ 

‘We have revealed the truth but there is so much more yet to achieve,’ she said. ‘We need changes to prevent future deaths through domestic abuse, we need culture change at all levels of policing.

‘We ask for no more failings, no more dismissals of victims of domestic abuse. The legacy of Raneem and Khowla must be to ensure other victims get respect, support investigation and safeguarding that our loved ones did not get.’

Ms Oudeh had made numerous reports to police against her estranged lover, which included threats to kill, violence and stalking.

The inquest heard how police had been called to Ms Oudeh’s address on seven separate occasions in the weeks leading up to the murders. And that Ms Oudeh had frantically phone 999 four times on the night she died. 

A terrified Ms Oudeh had applied for a non-molestation order before she was killed.

Tarin had been married to Ms Oudeh under Islamic law but their relationship broke down after his lies about his secret family in the Middle East emerged. 

Ms Oudeh had been living with Tarin and her two-year-old son from a previous relationship. 

Following the break-up, Tarin continued to threaten and harass her, sleeping outside Mrs Saleem’s house on 12 consecutive nights, the inquest heard. 

On the evening of their deaths the mother and daughter were on a night out at a local shisha bar when Tarin turned up.

Chilling CCTV footage shows Ms Oudeh calling 999 – her first of four calls to police that night.   

As the row escalates, Tarin is caught on camera hurling abuse at the pair and had previously threatened her: ‘If you leave me, I will kill you and your family.’ 

He left the shisha bar armed with a knife and tragically, just a few hours later, Ms Oudeh was on the phone to police when he stabbed her.

Mrs Saleem, 49, attempted to save her daughter from the onslaught, but she too was fatally knifed by Tarin – who fled the scene before officers arrived.

Police then launched a manhunt and offered a £5,000 reward to anyone who could help find the killer – and he was cornered by police in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham three days later.

At inquests into the two women’s deaths resumed at Birmingham and Solihull Coroner’s Court, an 11-member jury heard evidence about Ms Oudeh and Tarin’s relationship from her aunt, Nour Norris.

Senior coroner Louise Hunt also told jurors they would hear evidence of West Midlands Police’s response to several phonecalls made by Ms Oudeh to the force about her abusive partner before her death.  

In her evidence, Ms Norris told how Raneem had fled the war in Syria to join her mother and family already living in the UK in 2014.

She said that after arriving, her ‘ambitious’ niece enrolled at Solihull College.

It was in her English study group she first met classmate Tarin.

Ms Norris described how Tarin ‘would buy her gifts, do things for her’.

‘At the beginning, she thought it was just a friendship, then that led to stalking her, hassling her,’ she said.

‘She had to report him to the college to leave her alone. He was suspended (from the college).’   

Later, through her family, Ms Norris told how Ms Oudeh ‘met a guy’ who she then went on to marry, getting pregnant with her child.

However, that relationship failed before the birth and she ended up having the baby ‘by herself’. 

‘She felt very vulnerable’, Ms Norris said.  

Ms Oudeh, pictured, had been living with Tarin and her two-year-old son from a previous relationship

Ms Oudeh, pictured, had been living with Tarin and her two-year-old son from a previous relationship

Police were called four time by Ms Oudeh on the night of her murder, an inquest heard. Pictured is an officer guarding a police cordon in Nothdown Road, Solihull following the killings

Police were called four time by Ms Oudeh on the night of her murder, an inquest heard. Pictured is an officer guarding a police cordon in Nothdown Road, Solihull following the killings

West Midlands Police has since apologised for errors which a coroner said contributed to the death of Ms Oudeh and her 49-year-old mother on August 27, 2018

West Midlands Police has since apologised for errors which a coroner said contributed to the death of Ms Oudeh and her 49-year-old mother on August 27, 2018

This was the moment killer Janbaz Tarin was captured by police for the double murder following a three-day manhunt

This was the moment killer Janbaz Tarin was captured by police for the double murder following a three-day manhunt

By the summer of 2016, Ms Oudeh was ‘down, upset – a single mum at the age of 20’, and still being ‘stalked’ by Tarin, Ms Norris added.

After her niece moved to a flat in Kingshurst Road, Solihull, Tarin ‘slowly, gradually’ convinced Ms Oudeh to rekindle their relationship.

She claimed Tarin told her niece ‘this time you are mine’. 

On April 2, 2017, Tarin and Ms Oudeh had an Islamic marriage, but Ms Norris said the wider family sensed something was wrong. 

Shortly after the wedding, Ms Oudeh looked ‘disturbed’ as she told her aunt about a remark Tarin made to his new wife, as they signed nuptial paperwork.  

‘He turned around to her and whispered in her ears ‘in our culture, we don’t have divorce, now you’re my wife, the day you leave, I will kill you’,’ said Ms Norris.

After the wedding, Ms Norris said: ‘He (Tarin) became very controlling and became quite obsessive, that she was his belonging.’

She added: ‘He wanted her to dress and talk in a certain way, share the bedroom in a certain way.’  

The marriage started to break down again after Tarin travelled to Afghanistan at the end of 2017, where it emerged he had another wife and three children – with a fourth on the way. 

In January 2018, Ms Oudeh told him the relationship was over but he started stalking her again and ‘would sleep in the car outside her house, for days,’ Ms Norris said.

On one occasion, he sent Ms Norris an image on Facebook of his left arm, in which he had used a ‘razor’ carving Raneem’s name.

Ms Oudeh briefly got back with Tarin, but by April 2018 wanted rid of him for good – which is when matters ‘really escalated’.

Ms Oudeh's mother Khaola Saleem (pictured), 49, died alongside her daughter after Tarin opened fire at them outside her home in Solihull, West Midlands, on August 27, 2018

Ms Oudeh’s mother Khaola Saleem (pictured), 49, died alongside her daughter after Tarin opened fire at them outside her home in Solihull, West Midlands, on August 27, 2018

Ms Norris claimed her niece tried to be direct with Tarin, because her repeated calls to police led to little action, with visits from social workers leaving her ‘scared’ they would remove her child.

‘She called police a number of times before and… they didn’t really listen to her properly and didn’t take her seriously, or they blamed her’, she said.

‘They’ll say to her ‘you’re wasting our time, you need to deal with him yourself, kick him out – you can’t call us all the time. Ask him to move out’.’ 

Ms Norris also told how Ms Oudeh was ‘concerned about her baby’, and social service’s involvement.

‘She wanted to co-operate with social workers but was too scared that if she tells them everything, they will take her baby away,’ claimed Ms Norris.

In August 2018, Ms Oudeh applied for a non-molestation order, but on the night of August 26, Tarin followed Ms Saleem and Ms Oudeh to the Rotana Shisha Lounge.

Tarin ‘slapped’ her in the restaurant, then followed them as they left.

Ms Hunt told jurors: ‘The police were called – their response, you’ll hear, was delayed due to a firearms incident.

‘It was just after midnight Janbaz Tarin murdered Raneem and Khowla outside her address.

‘He was subsequently convicted of both murders.’ 

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Hill insisted the police force had learned ‘lessons’ from the tragedy.

He said a number of ‘key changes’ had been made since the murders of Raneem and Khaola.

The force has increased the number of staff specialising in domestic abuse and created a new team to review investigations.  

‘The seriousness and pattern of abuse should have been better recognised, the risk posed by Mr Tarin should have been better assessed and the crimes that were being committed should have been better identified and investigated, with action taken against Mr Tarin,’ he added.

‘We should have done more to safeguard Raneem, by considering appropriate interventions such as a domestic violence protection order or a referral to the Sanctuary Scheme, which could have made her home a safer place.’



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