Mohsin Raza pictured with girlfriend Caralyn Downie, over whom he received threats from his mum

Get email updates with the day’s biggest stories

Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.Sign upWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy notice

A businesswoman who threatened to kill her youngest son as he brought "shame on the family" by dating a "white girl" has been spared jail.

Naveed Raza, the director of an Edinburgh property company, pleaded guilty to stalking her son Mohsin Raza, a 27-year-old pharmacist.

She held a knife at her own throat and told him this would be the "only way" for him to carry on seeing his girlfriend, dispensary assistant Caralyn Downie.

She then bombarded him with texts and subjected him to "emotional blackmail", Falkirk Sheriff Court heard.

Prosecutor Katie Cunningham said: "The family hold Muslim faith and the accompanying cultural traditions.

"Mohsin began a relationship with Miss Downie in March 2019, and this was to be kept secret from his family."

At the time, Mohsin was still living with his parents – Naveed Raza, 52, and 55-year-old Shahid Raza – in Livingston, West Lothian.

Falkirk Sheriff Court heard the family is Muslim and abides by all its cultural traditions
(Image: Daily Record)

Miss Cunningham said that Mohsin realised they had become suspicious around July 2019 after his mother rang his football coach asking what time he had attended training and when it had ended.

He normally met Miss Downie after training.

Miss Cunningham said: "Mohsin discussed this with Miss Downie, and both were even more careful not to be caught."

However on Sunday July 14, 2019, Mohsin returned home having been with Miss Downey.

Miss Cunningham said: "He could see his mother at the window, waiting for him.

"She confronted him and told him the relationship could not continue, and he was 'bringing shame on the family'."

Read More
Related Articles


  • Grieving dad says daughter killed by Plenty of Fish date 'lived life to the full'

Read More
Related Articles


  • 'I was abused, terrorised and stalked by my own dad who threatened to kill us'

Mohsin refused to end his relationship with Caralyn, whereupon his mother fetched "a large black-handled knife" from the kitchen.

Miss Cunningham said: "She stood in front of Mohsin and held the knife close to her chest pointing towards her chin.

"She told him he should use the knife on her as this was the only way he'd be allowed to continue the relationship.

"She went on to say she could not live with the shame of him being in a relationship with a white girl.

"Mohsin was terrified and was praying that his mother would put down the knife.

"He stood up and placed his hands on her shoulders and pleaded with her not to do anything with the knife."

She put the knife down, and a "visibly upset and frightened" Mohsin went outside and was driven off by Caralyn, who was waiting for him, the court was told.

He then received "a constant bombardment" of texts and messages from his mother, and "various efforts at making him feel guilty through emotional blackmail".

She referred to Miss Downie as a "gori [white] bitch", asking "why disappear with her?"

She added: "Allah kasam, if you don't get back tonight I'll find you and I'll kill you, I'm not joking.

Police were called when Mohsin's parents showed up while he was parked outside Asda, at a location and time he hadn't disclosed to them
(Image: Google)

"If this thing leaked I'll kill myself, and I won't let you live or the rest!!!!"

Another text stated: "At work, gori don't care, they'll talk and talk and that's gori history.

"But in our religion it's completely different, people won't ever let this go, and your mother would never let your father live either."

It added: "We don't eat pork or have big dogs on our sofa or beds."

Raza also demanded he come home "without fucking ladyboy tattoo" – understood to be another derogatory reference to Miss Downie.

Mohsin eventually left home, and went to live with Miss Downie and her family in Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire.

After a further incident in which his parents turned up when he was parked outside Asda, Cumbernauld – and he had no idea how they knew he was there – police were called and Raza was arrested.

Raza, of Silverbirch Glade, Livingston, pleaded guilty to stalking and using threatening behaviour.

Sheriff David Clapham fined her £500.

Solicitor Paul Sweeney, defending, said Mohsin was the youngest of Raza's three children – the others were a 33-year-old lawyer and a 31-year-old accountant.

He said Raza, owner of a property company that deals with lets in Edinburgh, had spent three nights in police custody and two in Cornton Vale Prison after her August 2019 arrest and was "deeply embarrassed and ashamed at her behaviour".

He said: "She is a proud Muslim woman from a proud Muslim family.

"Mohsin is still engaged to Miss Downie and hopes to marry her in 2022.

"Mr and Mrs Raza wish to reconcile with Mohsin and have a positive relationship with Miss Downie going forwards. They are happy for Mohsin to have his own life."

He added: "This is a family that now needs to go away and be allowed to heal.

"Mohsin is about to embark on married life, and very much wants his parents and family to be part of that."