Wednesday 7 December 2016

Muslim parents killed daughter (19), took her body from apartment in granny's wheelchair because 'she slept with a man they disapproved of'

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 03/12/2015 | 12:46

Lareeb Khan who was murdered by her parents
Credit: PA
Lareeb Khan who was murdered by her parents Credit: PA

A Muslim mother and father have been sentenced to life in prison for murdering their daughter in a so called ‘honour-killing’.

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Shazia Khan (42) and Azadullah Khan (52) killed their daughter Lareeb Khan (19) because she had sex with a man they disapproved of.

The parents believed that their daughter's actions had brought ‘shame’ on their family.

Her father, Azadullah, strangled his daughter in the middle of the night while her mother watched.

The court heard that Lareeb’s younger sister, Nida, 14, was sent to stay with a relative on the night the teenager was killed.

The pair used Lareeb’s grandmother’s wheelchair to wheel Lareeb's body out of their apartment.

They then drove to a deserted embankment in Darmstadt, Germany to dispose of the corpse.

The Khans learned of their daughter’s relationship with a 23-year-old man called Raheel, when police issued a warning letter saying she had been caught trying to steal condoms in January this year.

Shazia Khan initially told police that she didn’t intervene because she was too scared of her husband but the court heard evidence that she played an equal part in Lareeb’s murder.

Judge Wagner told Shazia Khan that she feared being shunned by the community if they knew that Lareeb had slept with her boyfriend.

"You feared being shunned by the community if it got out that your daughter had slept with her boyfriend.

"It was worth killing your daughter for. A woman cannot be so physically weak that she doesn’t intervene in the murder of her own daughter and instead watches it for five minutes," the Judge said.

Azadullah Khan's last words before he was led away were "I accept any punishment".

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