The family of two children who died in a revenge arson attack have welcomed the sentence given to their Sheffield killer.
Fiaz Munshi, aged 38, who was brought up in Tinsley, was jailed for 13 years for her part in a plot to firebomb the family home of her former partner Amjad Khan after he ended their relationship in 1997.
The mother-of-four evaded justice for 17 years after fleeing to Pakistan following the fatal blaze in Oxford, which involved petrol being squirted through the letterbox and set alight.
Mr Khan’s little sister Anum, just eight, perished in the blaze, and his brother Majid, 15, died after jumping from a window.
Munshi denied murder but was found guilty of manslaughter after a six-week trial – and was jailed at Oxford Crown Court on Friday.
Mr Khan’s sister Shehnaz Akhtar, 42, said the family can at last begin to grieve.
“It has been a long 20 years and it was important that she didn’t walk free,” she said.
“Now we can begin to grieve without thinking, ‘Where is she? She’s out there having a life, she’s got away with it’.
“We can close that chapter after all the defendants have been caught and sentenced.
“It’s a positive thing and we can grieve properly and move forward. If she hadn’t been sentenced so long after it happened then she wouldn’t have had a family, and she wouldn’t be in a position to feel what it’s like to be away from her children.”
Munshi was arrested the month after the fatal blaze, but was released without charge due to insufficient evidence.
She flew to Pakistan in December 1997 and just two days later fresh evidence emerged, leading to the arrest of her sister and five others involved in the attack, who were all jailed.
Munshi, who married and had four children while on the run in Pakistan, returned to Britain in 2004 – spending eight years living in Sheffield before moving to Oldham.
But detectives failed to interview her until Mr Khan’s family asked for an update on the case in 2012 and they realised she had slipped the net.
Mrs Akhtar said the family paid a visit to their graves after the sentencing.
Munshi’s sister Riaz, who was also involved in the arson attack, was found guilty of manslaughter 12 years ago but has since been released.