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Murder suspect being questioned after discharge from hospital

A 19-year-old man, who was arrested and taken to hospital following a murder in York, was discharged last night and is now in police custody for questioning.

Liam Miller Credit: Family photo

20-year-old Liam Miller, from Terrington near Malton, was fatally stabbed in the Acomb area of the city on Monday 27th July.

North Yorkshire Police are treating the attack on the second victim - the man who went to Liam’s assistance and was also stabbed - as attempted murder.


York murder victim named

Liam Paul Miller Credit: Family photo

North Yorkshire Police have identified a man who died during an incident in York on Monday evening as Liam Paul Miller, 20, from Terrington, near Malton.

“We are absolutely devastated by Liam’s untimely death. We cannot put into words the shock and disbelief we feel about what has happened. Liam was just 20 years old and had his whole life ahead of him. He had returned home for the summer from Liverpool University where he was studying graphic design and illustration. We will miss him more than words can say.”

– Statement from Liam’s family

Police say the investigation into Liam's death in Hamilton Drive, in Acomb, is ongoing.

“Liam played in a local band called Nocebo and we are seeking to identify his movements over the weekend of 25th, 26th and Monday 27th July. We are keen to speak to anyone who has been with Liam, either in person or in contact through phone or social media.”

– Detective Inspector Mark Pearson, North Yorkshire Police

Officers confirmed they are treating an attack on a second victim, a man in his 50s, as attempted murder. The second man is believed to have gone to Liam's before being stabbed.

Police say the second man tried to flag down passing motorists for assistance, and are appealing for those motorists to come forward. They say they specifically want to trace a black car and a white saloon.

A 19-year-old male who was arrested at the scene remains in hospital where he is receiving medical treatment. Police say he will be taken into custody for questioning when he is discharged from hospital.

Mark Denton murder trial

A court has heard that a boxer from Hartlepool was hacked to death with an axe at a New Years Eve party, and that his girlfriend pleaded with one of the alleged killers to leave him alone.

Anthony Middleton and David Sowerby deny murdering Mark Denton.

Today (June 6) people who were at the party gave evidence. Dan Ashby was in court.

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Husband restrained in court after outburst at Rania trial

A husband who says he killed his wife in self-defence because she appeared as an "evil apparition" has grabbed an interpreter by the neck and shook him against the dock wall at Manchester Crown Court.

Ahmed Al-Khatib had to be restrained after the outburst, as prosecutors outlined their case against him.

He is accused of murdering Rania Alayed because she was becoming "westernised" and trying to end their "violent" marriage. Her body has never been found.

Rania Alayed Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Ahmed denies the charge, claiming he is mentally ill.

Jurors were told his defence case states he is subject to hallucinations and that he saw his wife turn into an "evil apparition" called a "jinn", which advanced upon him.

He says he struck the apparition in self defence.

His lawyers say they will provide expert evidence about the place of "jinns" within Islam.

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Rania jury hears mobile phone was sent to Turkey

The mobile phone of a dead mother-of-three from Manchester was sent to Turkey to "give the impression" she was still alive, say prosecutors.

Rania's brother-in-law, Muhaned Al-Khatib, gave the device to a female friend of his who did not want to take her own phone on a foreign holiday.

A jury heard he provided the dead mother's mobile, describing it as his, on condition that a text message in Arabic be sent from Turkey.


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Breakdown mechanic says campervan had 'rancid smell'

A breakdown mechanic says a campervan, which prosecutors state was used to dump the body of a mother-of-three, had a "rancid smell".

Rania Alayed Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Rania Alayed, from Manchester, vanished in June 2013. Her husband, Ahmed Al-Khatib, and brother-in-law, Muhaned Al-Khatib are accused of murdering her because they believed she was becoming "westernised".

Jurors at the city's Crown Court heard that the men drove her remains to a road layby in North Yorkshire, where they buried her. But the prosecution say, as they returned to Manchester, their vehicle broke down and Muhaned called the AA.

Recovery worker, Richard Sheardown, described a "stench" when he opened the back of the vehicle. Another member of AA staff also noticed an awful smell.

Ahmed and Munhaned Al-Khatib deny murder. A third defendant, Hussain Al-Khatib, denies perverting the course of justice over the alleged hiding of her body.

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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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