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Shafilea Ahmed's sister has denied telling her police handlers she "made up" the story of how her parents murdered the Warrington teenager, a court heard.
Alesha Ahmed was continuing her evidence at Chester Crown Court where her parents, Iftikhar and Farzana deny murdering 17-year-old Shafilea.
It was not until last year that Ms Ahmed provided the "final piece of the puzzle" about Shafilea's death, the prosecution say, when she disclosed that she witnessed her parents killing Shafilea at the family home in Liverpool Road, Warrington.
Tom Bayliss QC, defending Mr Ahmed, said:
The trial continues.
The jury in the Shafilea Ahmed murder trial have been sent home for the day. The case has been adjourned until tomorrow morning
Shafilea Ahmed's sister has told Chester Crown Court that she told police her story in 2010 - 7 years after Shafilea's alleged murder - because the pressure of keeping silent had become too much. She told Chester Crown Court it had been a relief to tell someone finally.
The sister of Shafilea Ahmed is due to continue her testimony against their parents in the next hour. Alesha Ahmed told Chester Crown Court yesterday that her father and mother Iftikhar and Farzana suffocated her 17-year-old sister, forcing a plastic bag into her throat.
Today she is expected to explain why she decided to make her allegations 7 years after Shafilea died and days after Alesha was involved in a robbery at the family home. The Ahmeds deny murdering their daughter in September 2003.
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