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Shafilea Ahmed Murder: Parents Go On Trial In Chester

05/21/2012 08:51 am 08:51:01 | Updated 21 May 2012

The trial of two parents accused of murdering their daughter is due to start today.

Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed are charged with murdering their 17-year-old daughter Shafilea.

The teenager's decomposed remains were discovered in Cumbria in February 2004 after she disappeared from the family home in Warrington, Cheshire, in September 2003.

A jury of seven men and five women was sworn in at Chester Crown Court last week and the trial is due to be opened by the prosecution later today.

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Ahmed and his wife, aged 52 and 49, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, both deny murder.

Shafilea was most likely strangled or suffocated, a pathologist told her inquest in 2008.

South Cumbria coroner Ian Smith recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

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