Shafilea Ahmed murder trial

A woman whose parents are on trial accused of murdering her sister is continuing to be cross-examined. Yesterday she described letters detailing the alleged killing as "fiction." Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed deny killing their daughter Shafilea in 2003

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Sister: 'You could tell she was just gasping for air'

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Andrew Edis QC: "What was your father doing?"

Ms Ahmed: "Trying to keep her down on the settee. He had her held down with his leg on her midriff. Shafilea was kicking her legs"

Edis: "Could you see any part of her face?"

Ms Ahmed: "Her eyes."

Edis: "What can you tell us about the way her eyes appeared to you?"

Ms Ahmed: "Just open really wide."

Edis: "When you say wide what do you mean?"

Ms Ahmed: "You could tell she was just gasping for air."

Edis: "Did you see anything else happen to her at that point?"

Ms Ahmed: "She wet herself. She wet herself because she was struggling so much."

Edis: "Was there a time she stopped struggling?"

Ms Ahmed: "Yeah.

"Edis: "What happened then?"

Ms Ahmed: "That was it she was gone."

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Sister due to give evidence in Shafilea Ahmed case

Shafilea's dismembered body was found on the banks of the River Kent in 2004. Credit: Police handout

The younger sister of Shafilea Ahmed is due to give evidence against her parents who are accusing of killing her.

Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed, are charged with murdering their 17-year-old daughter in a suspected honour killing.

Farzana and Iftikhar Ahmed, are accused of murdering their daughter Shafilea Ahmed, Credit: Reuters

Shafilea's dismembered body was found on the banks of the River Kent in 2004.

Ahmed, 52, and his 49-year-old wife, deny murdering her.

Court hears police recordings played at Shafilea's parents' home

The court heard that police placed a covert listening device in the home of the Ahmeds in November 2003 when Shafilea was still believed to be missing.

In conversations with her other children, Shafilea Ahmed's mother, Farzana Ahmed, can be heard warning them not to say anything at school.

Mrs Ahmed was also recorded saying to her son: "If the slightest thing comes out of your mouth, we will be stuck in real trouble. Remember that."

Shafilea's father Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, and her mother, 49-year-old wife Farzana, deny murdering Shafilea at their home in Warrington in September 2003.

Prosecutor claims 'shame' drove parents to kill daughter

As Shafilea Ahmed's parents Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed went on trial for murder, prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told Chester Crown Court they had killed her because she refused to obey them:

"The defendants, having spent the best part of 12 months trying to really crush her, realised they were never going to be able to succeed and finally killed her because her conduct dishonoured the family, bringing shame on them."

Ahmed, 52, and his 49-year-old wife, deny murdering Shafilea at their home in Warrington in September 2003.

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