New Hampshire Supreme Court to hear Salimullah attempted murder appeal

NASHUA – The New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear the attempted murder appeal of Mohammad Salimullah, a city man convicted of trying to kill his ex-wife by slashing her throat.

Salimullah was found guilty on five felony counts by a jury of nine men and three women at his trial in May, including one count of attempted murder. The Supreme Court recently released its latest list of cases accepted for appeal, including Salimullah’s case. The case has not yet been scheduled for oral arguments before the court.

According to the appeal filed at Hillsborough Superior Court-South in Nashua, Salimullah is appealing on several points of law, including the fact the court did not allow him to have a competency determination, and that he should not have been found competent to stand trial. Salimullah is also claiming that his statement to police was not voluntary.

Salimullah, 41, is serving 30 years to life in prison on one count of attempted murder. He was also found guilty on two counts of first-degree assault, and one count each of second-degree assault and reckless conduct.

The charges stem from a 2013 incident, during which he attacked his now ex-wife in their small East Pearl Street apartment. According to reports, he covered the woman’s mouth with one hand, grabbing a kitchen knife in the other and slashed her throat.

According to statements made during the trial, Salimullah and his wife were in an unhappy arranged marriage. The woman reportedly did not want to marry Salimullah when she was forced to at the age of 17. Salimullah was described as controlling, and she wanted out of the relationship.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashua or @Telegraph_DF.