Tasnim Lowe, now, 19, was only 16 months old when her dad Azhar Ali Mehmood, then 26, set her mum’s home in Telford alight in 1997, the house blaze killed Tasnim’s mother, 16, who was pregnant again, as well as her grandmother Linda, 49, and aunt Sarah, 17.
Before he set the house on fire, he carried baby Tasnim to safety, placing her under an apple tree in the garden. Tasnim was raised by her grandfather George at their home in Halifax Drive, Leegomery.
Mehmood has served 18 years in jail after being convicted of three charges of murder and one of attempted murder in 2001. He is now eligible for release and Tasnim has been asked to bring her view to the parole board.
Tasnim, now 19, investigate the circumstances of her mothers’ murder, discovering the grim reality that she was one of hundreds of girls in Telford exploited by older men in the 1990s.
Azhar was nine years older than Lucy when she became pregnant at 14 years old. One of her mum’s childhood friends gets in touch with Tasnim. She claims that Azhar also manipulated her and other underage girls.
Tasnim also receives her mother’s belongings, released by the police for the first time since the fire. They include diaries Lucy kept during her pregnancy and the early months of Tasnim’s life, which lead her to
Tasnim wants answers about why her dad killed her mum. Her search takes her back to the late 90s as she investigates her parents’ relationship. She wants police to re-investigate allegations he was part of the Telford ring.
Ahead of her dad’s parole hearing, Tasnim looks to the future and hopes that her family find happiness and justice. She reflects that her search for answers has helped her feel closer to her mum.