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Murdered for refusing to marry her cousin


Mohammed Taroos Khan, 53, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years after being convicted of murdering Somaiya Begum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in June last year.

Following his sentencing, a CCTV recording was released showing Khan driving a car containing Ms Begum's body to a shipping container, where it was stored overnight.

The footage shows Khan opening the container while wearing gloves, before manoeuvring his vehicle alongside the storage facility.

CCTV footage has also been released of Ms Begum walking home from work just hours before she was brutally attacked.

He then dumped the body of his niece, a biomedical student at Leeds Beckett University, on wasteland after she refused a forced marriage to a cousin.

She was found dead just over a mile from her home after a week-long police search in June and July lst year.

She was discovered with an 11cm-long 'bradawl' - a sharpened metal woodworking tool - stuck in the right side of her chest on an industrial estate.

Ms Begum had been living with her grandmother and another of her uncles after her parents were issued with a Forced Marriage Protection Order.

This followed her refusal to marry a cousin in Pakistan when she was 16 years old 'by threat of violence', Bradford Crown Court earlier heard.

Khan has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 25 years at the same court.

As he was sentenced, police released chilling CCTV footage which shows Ms Begum walking home from work hours before she was brutally murdered.

Khan was also jailed for five years for perverting the course of justice, which will be served concurrently.

The court previously heard Ms Begum had been offered up for an arranged marriage at 16 by her dad, Mohammed Yaseen Khan, who wanted her to marry her first cousin in Pakistan.

And he was left 'humiliated and incandescent with rage' when she refused the proposal and later told the police of his plans, her aunt Ishrath Khan said in evidence.