Wednesday 13 December 2017

Muslim girl 'watched parents kill her sister'

Jonathan Brown

A MUSLIM teenager was suffocated by her parents forcing a carrier bag into her mouth before disposing of her body, a court heard yesterday.

Shafilea Ahmed was threatened with a knife, a gun and locked in a room for days without food during years of abuse as she repeatedly clashed during family rows over her lifestyle, her younger sister claimed.

Giving evidence on the second day of her parents' murder tiral at Chester Crown Court, Alesha Ahmed said Shafilea (17) was drugged before being taken to Pakistan in the hopes she would change her ways.

Alesha described how relations between her sister and her parents, who were born in Pakistan, deteriorated as they argued over her choice of clothes, mobile phone and male friends, leading up to her death in September 2003.

Prosecution said Alesha, then aged 15, witnessed her sister's final moments at the family home in Warrington, Cheshire. She watched as Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed, who both deny murder, forced a bag into her mouth and then used their hands "to close her airways so she could not breathe".

Despite telling friends that her parents had killed Shafilea, it was not until 2010 that Alesha chose to reveal what she knew to police.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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