A father accused of murdering his daughter because he believed she had brought shame on his family broke down in court as he denied the charge."I love her to bits," and now she rests in pieces.
Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, and his wife Farzana, 49, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, have been on trial at Chester crown court for eight weeks charged with killing their daughter Shafilea, 17, in 2003.
Farzana Ahmed has always denied murder, but this week the jury of seven men and five women were told she had changed her account and said she witnessed her husband beat Shafilea on the night of the alleged murder.
She also claimed he had threatened to kill her and their other children if she ever asked him what had happened to Shafilea.
But on Wednesday, Ahmed denied ever hurting his daughter or having anything to do with the murder.
Asked by Tom Bayliss QC, defending, how he felt about his wife, Ahmed said: "I love her to bits."...
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
"Loving Dad" Continues to Claim He's Innocent of "Honour Killing" His Daughter
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