Parents charged with killing their daughter in; honour killing’
Published 07/09/2011 | 13:02
The parents of suspected honour killing victim Shafilea Ahmed have been charged with her murder, police said today.
The 17-year-old's decomposed remains were discovered in Cumbria in February 2004 after she disappeared from her home in Warrington, Cheshire, in September 2003.
South Cumbria coroner Ian Smith later recorded a verdict of unlawful killing, saying he believed the teenager was probably murdered.
Cheshire Police said today the teenager's father, Iftikhar, 51, and mother Farzana, 48, have been charged with murder and will appear at Halton Magistrates' Court, in Runcorn, later today.
The couple have always denied any involvement in their daughter's death.
Shafilea was a bright and intelligent young woman who wanted to go to university and become a lawyer, the inquest into her death was told.
She was most likely strangled or suffocated, pathologists said.
A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: "A man and a woman have been charged with murder in connection with the death of Shafilea Ahmed.
"Shafilea, 17, was last seen in her home town of Warrington, Cheshire, in September 2003.
"Her body was found in February 2004 on the banks of the River Kent in Cumbria.
"Iftikhar Ahmed, 51, and Farzana Ahmed, 48, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, were arrested on suspicion of murder in 2010.
"Today Cheshire Constabulary has charged both with murder following authorisation by CPS Mersey-Cheshire.
"They are due to appear at Halton Magistrates Court today."
Iftikhar and Faranza were initially arrested on suspicion of kidnapping their daughter in December 2003 but in June 2004 were released without charge when the Crown Prosecution Service ruled there was insufficient evidence against them.
The couple were re-arrested on suspicion of murder in September last year.