The sister of Warrrington honour killing victim Shafilea Ahmed is spared jail
THE sister of honour killing victim Shafilea Ahmed was spared jail for organising a robbery at her parents’ home.
Alesha Ahmed’s arrest ultimately led to the conviction of her parents, Iftikhar and Farzana, for murdering their eldest daughter.
While being interviewed about the robbery in August, 2010, she revealed to detectives for the first time that she and her siblings witnessed Shafilea’s murder seven years earlier.
The 17-year-old disappeared in August, 2003, with her decomposed body discovered in Cumbria the following year.
Ahmed was sentenced to a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Southwark Crown Court in London after pleading guilty to robbery.
Sentencing the 24-year-old, who is in a witness protection scheme, Mr Justice Irwin said: “Yours is an extraordinary and terrifying story. I bear in mind that despite your undoubted intelligence and despite the help you may be given your future life will be overshadowed by all that has happened and it may be a long time before you achieve peace of mind and anything like normality.”
The court heard how Ahmed helped organise the armed robbery at the family home in Liverpool Road, Warrington.
Three masked men broke into the house, tying up Farzana Ahmed and three of her children. They were armed with a gun, a hammer and iron bar and ransacked the property before fleeing with cash and jewellery.
Her parents claimed the robbers had taken jewellery worth up to £10,000 and £30,000 in cash but police were sceptical about the amounts they gave.
Ahmed was arrested and told police about her sister’s murder.
She originally denied the robbery until text messages were found showing her communicating with the robbers.
She went on to plead guilty, saying she did not know they were planning to use weapons.
Isabella Forshall, QC, defending, said Ahmed had wanted to be sentenced before her parents’ trial so nobody would think she had made a deal.
During her parents' trial at Chester Crown Court, Ahmed told the jury they pushed Shafilea on to the settee in their house and she heard her mum say “Just finish it here'' as they forced a plastic bag into the teenager's mouth.
The prosecution said the couple killed their “Westernised” daughter because they thought her behaviour was bringing shame on the family.
Iftikhar, 52, and Farzana, 49, were convicted by a jury on August 2 this year and both jailed for 25 years. Farzana Ahmed is currently seeking to overturn her conviction.