- Shafilea Ahmed’s decomposed remains were found in February 2004
- Her parents Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed are accused of killing her in September 2003
- Their daughter Alesha is said to have witnessed the killing and will give evidence against her parents
- Police placed listening device in the family’s home in November 2003 and heard them telling their children ‘not to say anything’ at school
- Victim ‘drank bleach after being forced to visit Pakistan for to meet future husband in arranged marriage’
By James White
PUBLISHED: 07:59 EST, 21 May 2012 | UPDATED: 12:13 EST, 21 May 2012
‘Murdered’: The parents of Shafilea Ahmed, pictured, are on trial for her killing
A teenage girl was murdered by her parents because she had become ‘Westernised’ and no longer obeyed their strict rules, a jury heard today.
The parents of Shafilea Ahmed are accused of attacking her in a killing allegedly witnessed by their other daughter, before dumping her body by a river.
The decomposed remains 17-year-old Shafilea were discovered in Cumbria in February 2004.
Today, as her parents Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed went on trial for murder, prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told Chester Crown Court they had killed her because she refused to obey them.
Opening the case against the Ahmeds, Mr Edis told the jury of seven men and five women: ‘The defendants, having spent the best part of 12 months trying to really crush her, realised they were never going to be able to succeed and finally killed her because her conduct dishonoured the family, bringing shame on them.’
Ahmed, 52, and his 49-year-old wife, deny murdering Shafilea at their home in Warrington in September 2003.
Mr Edis said: ‘The prosecution alleges that she (Shafilea) was murdered by the two defendants, her parents, at the family home on the night of September 11/12, September 2003. She was 17-years-old.’