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.
Shafilea's mother Farzana Ahmed has been giving evidence at her trial. She and her husband Iftikhar Ahmed deny murdering their daughter in 2003.
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.
The jury at the trial of Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed has been shown footage of their daughter Shafelia (wearing a blue dress) at a family wedding. Both parents deny murdering the 17-year-old in 2003.
Iftikhar Ahmed was giving evidence during his trial for the murder of his daughter in 2003. He described her as 'bubbly' and said he hoped she would one day become a lawyer.
– Iftikhar Ahmed in the witness box at Manchester Crown Court
From primary school she was in the athletics team, education-wise she was absolutely brilliant. Academically she was As and Bs. Her best subject was art... She was a character in herself - very bubbly.
Iftikhar Ahmed broke down in the witness box at Chester Crown Court, saying he had nothing to do with his daughter's death. Earlier this week his wife Farzana changed her account, saying she witnessed her husband beat Shafilea on the night of the alleged murder.
She also claimed he had threatened to do the same to her and their other children if she ever asked him what had happened to Shafilea. Today Ahmed denied harming Shafelia, and when asked how he felt about his wife, replied 'I love her to bits'.
When he was asked how he felt when his daughter's body was found, he struggled to respond, before adding in a strained voice: "We couldn't believe it when we heard."