19-year-old Indian-origin Muslim woman was kidnapped, raped and murdered in the UK in a suspected honour killing for dating an Arab Muslim.
A 19-year-old Indian-origin Muslim woman, Celine Dookhran, has been kidnapped, raped and murdered in a suspected ‘honour killing’ for dating an Arab Muslim.
Her deceased body was found stuffed in a fridge with her throat slit after a second woman who was also attacked raised the alarm from her hospital bed.
The murdered woman, who was purportedly kidnapped with the other woman, was bound and gagged and taken to an address in Kingston- upon-Thames in south west London where both women were raped and she was killed on Wednesday, a UK court has heard.
A post-mortem examination carried out on Friday concluded that an incised wound to the neck was the cause of death.
Celine Dookhran, an aspiring make-up artist, was described in a school blog as having worked in the make-up department of a thriller film.
Mujahid Arshid, 33, appeared in Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder, rape and kidnap of the woman.
He is also charged with the rape, attempted murder and kidnap of the second woman.
Ms Dookhran’s final post on Twitter, on July 11, read: “Alhamdulilah [praise God]for everything that’s all I can say.”
He appeared alongside his co-defendant, Vincent Tappu, 28, who is charged with the kidnap of both women.
Prosecutor Binita Roscoe said,
“The deceased was involved in a relationship with an Arab Muslim and the family members didn’t approve of this relationship because they are Indian Muslims”.
Two men in balaclavas entered the property on July 19, the prosecutor said.
“Her face and mouth were covered in duct tape. Her hands were tied with cable tie. She believes a sock was placed in her mouth. She had heard the deceased who was in the shower screaming,” she told the court.
“The deceased was brought down tied up. They were bound in dust sheets and placed in a vehicle.”
District Judge James Henderson remanded Tappu and Arshid in custody.
Arshid will appear at the Old Bailey on July 28. Both men are due to appear at the same court on August 21.
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