Woman who conspired to have ex-boyfriend set on fire has appeal bid rejected

Nausheen Quraishi

Nausheen Quraishi - Credit: Archant

A woman who conspired to have her ex-boyfriend set on fire by her lover has been refused an appeal over her jail sentence.

Nausheen Quraishi, 32, of Wanstead, arranged for Ilford thug Dilwar Hussain, 36, to attack her former partner Furquan Iqbal, who was doused in petrol and set ablaze in Forest Gate.

Quraishi was sentenced to eight years after she was convicted of conspiring to inflict grievous bodily harm following a retrial at the Old Bailey in May last year.

On Friday three senior judges at London’s Appeal Court rejected a conviction challenge by Quraishi.

Sir Colin Mackay said Hussain approached Mr Iqbal as he returned home in his car and asked for a cigarette and a light in June 2008.

He then covered Mr Iqbal in petrol and set him on fire, leaving the victim screaming and burning in the car.

Mr Iqbal suffered life-changing burns, required several operations and was left with permanent scars, the appeal judge said.

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Quraishi provided Hussain with details of Mr Iqbal’s whereabouts after commissioning the attack, but was unaware petrol would be used.

Hussain, of Wanstead Lane, was jailed for 25 years at St Albans Crown Court in 2011 when he was convicted of attempted murder and conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH).

Quraishi received 15 years after being found guilty of conspiring to cause GBH, but the initial conviction was quashed by the Appeal Court in September 2012.

However, she was retried and found guilty by a second jury, before being jailed for eight years.

Applying to appeal, Orlando Pownall QC argued the judge allowed prejudicial material to go before the jury.

But Sir Colin, sitting with Lo rd Justice Davis and Mrs Justice Andrews, decided the renewed application to appeal should be dismissed.