A mother accused of murdering her teenage daughter insisted she hoped her husband had put Shafilea somewhere safe and hadn't killed her. Farzana Ahmed claimed she didn't tell the police she saw Iftikhar Ahmed attack Shafilea on the night she disappeared because she was scared of him.
But the court was told that during hundreds of hours of secret recording at their home he is not heard threatening his wife. After playing the jury an extract in which she shouts at her husband and appears to be telling him off, Prosecuting Barrister Andrew Edis QC asked Farzana Ahmed,
'Were you frightened of your husband during that conversation?''That was my normal voice, I wasn't shouting. My husband wouldn't allow me to shout at him.' The prosecution claim she wasn't frightened of him, and played several extracts of her shouting at her husband. Both parents deny murder.
A Warrington woman accused of murdering her daughter because she supposedly brought shame on the family has told a jury she lied to police because she was "frightened" of her husband who she said would beat her.
Farzana Ahmed, 49, and her husband Iftikhar, 52, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, are on trial at Chester Crown Court charged with killing their daughter Shafilea, 17, in 2003.
Mrs Ahmed has always denied murder, but earlier this month 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.
Shafilea Ahmed's mother Farzana has told Chester Crown Court that she saw her husband Iftikhar Ahmed slap their daughter Shafilea twice on the night she disappeared. She said that she had 'never seen her husband so angry' and that when she tried to intervene she was pushed and punched herself.
The Warrington couple are on trial for the murder of their daughter Shafilea, 17, in 2003. Both deny the charges.
On trial with his wife for the murder of their daughter Shafelia, Iftikhar Ahmed is today facing cross-examination from his wife's defence counsel. Mr Ahmed has denied having a violent nature and has questioned his wife's mental state after she changed her evidence on Monday.
Farzana Ahmed now says she saw her husband attacking Shafelia on the night of the 17-year-old's disappearance. Mr Ahmed today again denied having anything to do with his daughter's death.