Family will ‘never recover’ from brutal murder of ‘gift from God’ mum and daughter

Family will ‘never recover’ from brutal murder of ‘gift from God’ mum and daughter

Shahbaz Khan, 51, blamed spirits after he drugged Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and Vian Mangrio, 14, before killing them and setting fire to their house in Burnley, Lancashire in 2020

The family of a mother and daughter mercilessly murdered at the hands of a “stone hearted” killer have spoken out as he was today sentenced to life in prison.

Shahbaz Khan, 51, blamed spirits after he drugged Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and Vian Mangrio, 14, before killing them and setting fire to their house in Burnley, Lancashire in 2020.

The brutal killer pleaded guilty to the murders at Preston Crown Court and was jailed for a minimum of 34 years.

Judge Mr Justice Goss said the murders “were planned and determined in their execution” and “motivated by financial gain”.

Speaking afterwards, Vian’s father, Dr Shauleat Ali Mangrio, who split from her mother in 2012, paid tribute to his daughters talent for art and her intellect, Lancs Live reported.

Dr Mangrio, who lives in Doha, Qatar, said: “My daughter was beautiful inside and out. She was a very loving, caring young girl, with lots of friends, and was loved by everyone.”

He said his life had been deeply wounded and disturbed by the sudden death of his only child.

“I miss her so much and now my life is miserable. I have no purpose in life anymore and I don’t know what I am living for.”

He added: “My heart simply is no longer interested in anything – I can’t even think of the future. Whilst I respect the law and all the human rights that make a decent society, I would not be human if I did not question where were the human rights of my daughter when she was so brutally killed.”

Vian’s father said he was haunted by thoughts of what she went through, her fear and pain and how she must have screamed for help.

“She was my only child and so I am no longer a father. I loved her immensely, despite the distance and circumstances, and I shall never recover.”

Dr Saman’s husband, Wahid Bux Shaileh, also spoke of the devastating impact of the death of his wife and stepdaughter on September 30 2020.

He described Dr Saman as “a wonderful wife” and Vian as “a gift from God.”

Wahid spoke of happy memories of family meals, and trips to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and said Vian was destined to be very successful in life.

He said: “I have a lot of lovely memories. I am heartbroken we will never get to do those things again, never make any more lovely memories.

“Shahbaz did not kill just two people that day. He killed three – me also.”

Speaking on behalf of Dr Saman’s family in Pakistan, her brother Dr Mir Saad Hussain, said: “Our parents are now 84 years old. Dr Saman was the oldest of the children and their only daughter.

“She was the apple of their eye and loved by every single family member.

“She was a high achiever from a young age. She was a loving and caring daughter, sister and mother and a compassionate doctor.

“Both in Pakistan and in the UK she dedicated her life to her family and her one and only child Vian.”

Dr Hussain described Dr Saman and Vian as “best friends, cherished together, who died together” and said the family would have to live with the misery of losing them for the rest of their lives.

Shahbaz Khan will serve a minimum of 34 years before he is eligible for parole. His wife Rabia Shahbaz was jailed for 30 months for providing a false alibi for her husband.

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