Man denies murder of student Hina Bashir found dead in suitcase in Upminster

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated family handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Hina Bashir, 21, who's body was found in Havering in the early hours of Sunday morning. Issue date: Monday July 18, 2022.
Hina Bashir was reported missing from Ilford, east London Credit: PA/Met Police

Muhammad Arslan, 26, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of student Hina Bashir, 21, and perverting the course of justice by concealing her body between July 10 and July 18.

Arslan appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday by video link from Belmarsh prison and was helped by an interpreter.

The defendant, of Natal Road, Ilford, east London, faces a three-week trial starting on June 5 next year.

Ms Bashir was reported missing from Ilford on July 14, having last been seen alive on July 11.

Her father in Pakistan had contacted her employer at Queen Mary University in London where she worked part-time for a security company.

Ms Bashir had not turned up for work that day and her employer raised the alarm after visiting her home.

On July 17, her body was found inside a large suitcase dumped in a ditch in Folkes Lane, Upminster, east London.

Police officers using a sniffer dog made the discovery after following tracks on a grassy verge consistent with suitcase wheels.

Ms Bashir is a Pakistani national who had come to live in the UK in November 2021.

She had travelled on a student visa to study business management at Coventry University London.