"Shafilea Ahmed, 16, was allegedly murdered at her home in Warrington, Cheshire, because her parents felt her increasingly Western ways, and her rejection of an arranged marriage, had brought shame on the family.
Her younger sister, Alesha, was 15 when she claimed she witnessed the killing on the night in September, 2003, that Shafilea disappeared.
She initially told friends that her father, Iftikhar Ahmed, had murdered her sister and “chopped up” her body.
But she later retracted the claim and kept silent for the next seven years. Then, in August 2010, she finally gave detectives a detailed account of the murder and her parents’ subsequent efforts to conceal the body.
Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, and Farzana, 49, both of whom were born in the same village in Pakistan, now deny murder.
Andrew Edis, QC, prosecuting, told a jury at Chester Crown Court: “Alesha describes what is an act of suffocation by her parents, acting together – a carrier bag forced into her mouth and then hands over her face to close her airways so she could not breath.
“She gives a description of what she saw, about what effect that had on her sister. She will tell you about that, and you will also be able to hear what a pathologist says you might expect to see in a death by suffocation.
“She then describes how there was activity in the house that night to do with the body. She talks about looking into the kitchen and seeing her mother sorting through a pile of blankets and sheets.
“She saw a roll of black bin bags and two rolls of tape – wide brown tape and some black tape.
“After that had happened she looked out of the window and saw her father with a large object wrapped in bin bags with brown tape wrapped around it. She assumed that was the body of her sister.
“A little later, still only about 10pm, she heard a car driving off. Her father was driving, her mother staying behind.”
ISLAM IS CANCER.
And cancers should be cut away.