Man charged with murdering mother and daughter in Burnley

Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi and Vian Mangrio

A man has been charged with murdering a mother and her daughter in Burnley.

The bodies of Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and a girl, believed to be her 14-year-old daughter, Vian Mangrio, were found at their home in Reedley, on October 1.

Shabaz Khan, 51, of Ribble Avenue, Burnley, has been charged with two offences of murder and a further offence of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered.

Khan appearing at Blackburn Magistrates Court this morning and has been remanded in custody until October 13 when he will appear at Preston Crown Court.

A 44-year-old woman from Burnley arrested earlier today on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and aiding and abetting murder remains in custody.

Dr Sacharvi died as a result of pressure to the neck and she had also suffered an assault.

The second body has yet to be formally identified but is believed to be Vian Mangrio. The post-mortem investigation remains ongoing for her and no cause of death established, though we can confirm she was found badly burnt inside the address.

Det Supt Jon Holmes, Head of Major Crime at Lancashire Police, said:

Our thoughts remain with Saman and Vian’s family and we have officers supporting them at this awful time. We are continuing to ask anybody with information about this incident to get in touch with us. If you were in the area and saw something suspicious, have dashcam or CCTV from the area or have any other information, we would ask you to contact us straight away.

Det Supt Jon Holmes