A jury will begin its deliberations today in the trial of a couple accused of murdering of their daughter because they believed she brought "shame on the family".

Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, and his wife Farzana, 49, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, are alleged to have suffocated their 17-year-old daughter Shafilea with a plastic bag.

The teenager disappeared in September 2003 and her body was found on the bank of the River Kent in Cumbria the following February.

The prosecution claims she was killed by her parents because she brought shame on the family by her desire to lead a "westernised" lifestyle.


Farzana Ahmed,49, leaving Chester Crown Court

The 11-week trial heard evidence from Shafilea's sister, Alesha, who claimed that she and the rest of her siblings had witnessed the murder at the family home.

Taxi driver Mr Ahmed denies murder saying Shafilea ran away from home in the middle of the night and he never saw her again.
Mrs Ahmed also denies murder but told the told the jury she saw her husband beat her eldest child and she believes he killed her.

Mr Justice Roderick Evans is expected to conclude his summing up when court assembles at 9.45am today and the jury will be sent out shortly after.

Yesterday he told the seven men and five women to approach their verdicts "coolly and calmly".

"The way to decide is ordinary, everyday common sense and if you do that I have every confidence," he told them.

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