As searches of the A19 in North Yorkshire continue, a husband is starting life in jail for the murder of his wifeRead the full story ›
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Reade from Greater Manchester Police says it was an 'honour killing' and it was investigated as that from the start as Rania was becoming more western in her attitude to life in Manchester.
Ahmed Al-Khatib, 34, of Knutsford Road, Gorton has been jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of his wife Rania Alayed. The judge directed he serve a minimum of 20 years.
Hussain Al-Khatib of Knutsford Road, Gorton was found guilty of perverting the course of juctice. He was jailed for four years.
Ahmed Al-Khatib's brother Muhanned Al-Khatib, 38, of Arthur Millwood Court, Salford was found not guilty of murder. He received a three-year term. The pair had already admitted perverting the course of justice by hiding Rania's body.
• 5pm – Muhaned calls Rania to confirm she is bringing the children to his flat for him to see
• 6.40pm – Rania and her children seen on CCTV leaving her house in Cheetham Hill
• 7.28pm – Rania and her children seen on CCTV getting off a bus on Chapel Street, Salford
• 7.31pm – Rania and her children arrive at Arthur Millwood Court
• 8.19pm – Muhaned and Rania’s children leave Arthur Millwood Court
Rania was almost certainly murdered in the proceeding 45 minutes, while the children were in the flat
• 8.36pm – Muhaned and children arrive at their grandparents house on Knutsford Road, Gorton
• 12.01am – Muhaned leaves Arthur Millwood Court with a tent in a holdall, probably used later to either conceal them digging Rania’s grave or to lay her body out on it
• 1.17am Khatib, Muhaned and Hussain set off in the campervan, containing Rania’s body in a red suitcase
• 3.10am The campervan triggers an ANPR camera on the A19 near Thirsk
• 4.54am – The campervan triggers another ANPR camera on the A1, heading south, presumably after the body was buried
Rania Alayed had lived with her family on Teesside before moving to Greater Manchester.
Her former neighbours in Norton were shocked at her disappearance last year. One local man Andrew Wilson, told us she was a quiet person .
Rania's husband Ahmed Khatib has been found guilty of murder and his brother Hussain Al Khatib has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice. A second brother - Muhanned Mahmood Al Khatib - has been found not guilty of murder.
Ahmed Al-Khatib was found guilty of her murder after the court heard how Rania was subjected to years of domestic and sexual violence and then killed when she had the courage to break free. At the time of her death she had left the family home and started a new life in Cheetham Hill in Manchester.
Police believe Rania's body was buried somewhere in North Yorkshire her only relative in the UK has paid tribute to her as a loving mother of three children.