A mother and father have been found guilty of murdering their ‘Westernised’ teenage daughter in an apparent ‘honour killing’.
Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, and his wife Farzana, 49, of Warrington, Cheshire, suffocated their 17-year-old daughter Shafilea with a plastic bag.
Mr Ahmed stood impassively as the verdicts were given while his spouse wiped tears from her eyes with a tissue.
But As Mr Ahmed was taken down to the cells to await sentencing later today, he turned to police officers sitting nearby and said: ‘F*** off.’
The seven men and five women of the jury returned two unanimous verdicts after deliberating for around 11 hours.
Their children Junyad, Mevish and the youngest, who cannot be named for legal reasons, all broke down in tears as the verdict was read out.
Their sister disappeared in September 2003 but her body was not found until the following February on the bank of the River Kent in Cumbria.
The prosecution at Chester Crown Court claimed Shafilea was killed by her parents because she brought shame on the family by her desire to lead a ‘Westernised’ lifestyle.