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A neighbour of Rania's brother-in-law heard shouting, banging and then screaming on evening prosecutors she was murdered

A neighbour of Rania's brother-in-law heard shouting, banging and then screamingon the evening prosecutors say the mother-of-three was murdered at Muhaned Al-Khatib's flat.

Jurors heard that CCTV cameras captured Rania's husband, Ahmed Al-Khatib, leaving the flat wearing some of her clothes less than an hour after the killing.

This was a "deception that Rania Alayed was alive", they were told, because "minutes later, the body was being transported in a suitcase".

The trial has adjourned for the day and will resume tomorrow morning.

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The Rania Alayed murder trial has resumed at Manchester Crown Court.

Rania developed a relationship with another man after leaving her husband Ahmed Al-Khatib, say the prosecution. She ended it because of a "shouting and angry" phone call from Ahmed's brother Muhaned.

The court was told the mother-of-three was asked to drop her children at her brother-in-law's flat in the early evening of 7 June 2013, so the youngsters could spend the weekend with her husband.

Rania was due to meet a friend after that drop-off. She did not turn up.


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Rania Alayed was born in Syria - she fled with her husband to the UK searching for a safer life

Rania Alayed was born in Syria in 1987, and married her husband Ahmed Al-Khatib at the age of 15. The court was told that they fled the Middle East together, searching for a safer life in the UK.

Yet the prosecution allege she never found it because Ahmed was "sexually violent… abusive and controlling". Jurors heard that Rania confided in a friend that "she feared he would kill her".

When Rania went to college and "became a little too westernised" it was "all too much" for Ahmed and his brother Muhaned Al-Khatib. Her husband took her phone away because he believed she was "talking to men on it".

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Two men accused of murdering a mother, whose body has never been found, have gone on trial at Manchester Crown Court

Rania Alayed Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Rania Alayed vanished from her home in the city's Cheetham Hill in June 2013. The prosecution say she was lured to her death at a block of flats in Salford, at the end of an unhappy and violent marriage. Her husband, Ahmed Al-Khatib, denies murder.

Prosecutors say he told psychiatrists that he pushed Rania "causing her to stumble and fall" because he was "possessed of a spirit that caused him to do what he did". Rania's brother-in-law Muhaned Al-Khatib also denies murder. Both men admit perverting the course of justice.

A third defendant, Hussain Al-Khatib, has pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice over the alleged concealment of her body.


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Three arrested in North Shields murder case

Detectives investigating a murder in North Shields have arrested three people.

A 22-year-old man was found dead at a property in Stanley Street on Friday, May 10.

At 6am this morning, Saturday, May 11, officers arrested a 17-year-old boy and two men, aged 18 and 22, all from the North Shields area. All three remain in police custody.

"It's still vital that anyone with any information contacts us and passes on anything as soon as possible. We are especially keen to hear from anyone who might have seen anything or anyone suspicious in Stanley Street in the days leading up to this incident."

– Ch Supt Steve Neill, Northumbria Police

The police say there is nothing to suggest that there is any risk to the wider public.

People can speak to officers either face to face in the area, by ringing 101 extension 69191 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Man charged with Darlington murder

Sybil Sibthorpe Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The police have charged a man with murder following the death of an 80 year old woman in Darlington.

The body of Sybil Sibthorpe was found at the back of a terrace house in Haughton Road in the town on Wednesday. A post mortem examination revealed that she died from head injuries.

A 40 year old local man, Lee Edward Grainger, has now been charged with her murder and is due to appear at Peterlee Magistrates today. Two other men have been bailed pending further inquiries.

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