Man found guilty of raping and murdering niece in London
UK news Man found guilty of raping and murdering niece in London
Mujahid Arshid, 33, killed Celine Dookhran and also raped another woman who survived
A man who became obsessed with two young women has been found guilty of abducting and raping them and slitting their throats, killing one â" his niece â" and seriously injuring the other.
Mujahid Arshid, a 33-year-old builder, was jailed for 40 years at the Old Bailey on Wednesday afternoon.
Arshid carried out his crimes after he b ecame fixated with his 20-year-old niece, Celine Dookhran, and the surviving victim, who cannot be identified.
He attacked them last July at a house he was renovating in Kingston, south-west London, and stuffed Dookhranâs body in a freezer.
After a trial at the Old Bailey, Arshid was was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and the rape and kidnap of both women.
He was also convicted of sexually assaulting the surviving victim when she was 13.
As he was convicted after 14 hours of deliberations, Dookhranâs family shouted: âYes.â
Arshid shouted from the dock: âThe [survivor] killed all of them. Sheâs lied to you.â
Vincent Tappu, 28, of Acton in west London, who also stood trial, was acquitted of all charges, and Arshid was acquitted of possessing a Taser.
The court had heard that Arshid had an obsession with the surviving victim dating back to when she was a child. When she complained about his sexual abuse, her fam ily had not believed her, jurors heard.
Four years before the murder, Arshid revealed his rape fantasy involving the same woman in a web chat with an undercover police officer. During their explicit exchanges, he said: âThese kind of girls deserve rape â" lol.â
When confronted by police, Arshid blamed an employee for using his computer and the case was dropped.
The prosecutor, Crispin Aylett QC, told jurors that, after Dookhran moved into Arshidâs house, she was also âdragged into his warped yearningsâ.
The Barclays bank worker had confided in her boyfriend that she found him âcreepyâ and a âpervertâ.
In the weeks leading up to the killing, he carried out research on the internet and was inspired by the acid bath killer, John George Haigh, who was hanged in 1949 for murdering six people.
Arshid bought a freezer to hide the bodies in his house so they would not be found until after he had fled the country.
He seized his opportunity when Dookhranâs family tried to force her to split up with her boyfriend, leaving her distraught.
With Tappuâs help, he bound and gagged the women and bundled them into his pick-up truck the next day.
He raped both women at the Kingston house before slashing Dookhranâs throat in the bathroom. The second woman was badly injured but managed to escape by talking Arshid round.
Speaking to police from hospital, she described being tied to a chair and hearing screams and thuds as Arshid killed Dookhran upstairs.
Arshid then turned on her, cutting her throat and wrists. She told officers: âHe said: âNow youâve got 10 minutes to live and your body will shut down.â I was trying to play dead.
âI started saying things he wanted to hear â" âI love you, we can run away together, we can be happy together, we can have a familyâ. He said: âIâm not good enough for you, look what I have done.ââ
She told the court: âIâm not going to lie, I was scared for my life. I thought, if we get out alive, he cannot get away with this.â
Afterwards, Arshid had a furious WhatsApp row with his wife, Aisha Kalyansingh, who demanded to know where her niece was. Arshid told her âa darkness came over meâ and claimed the surviving woman had planned it with him. He said he was running away and would be in touch when he reached Pakistan.
He was arrested at a hotel in Folkestone, Kent, still in possession of the padlock to the freezer.
Giving evidence, he claimed the surviving woman killed Dookhran in a fit of jealousy after he had consensual sex with both of them. He claimed she was injured when she attacked him and they struggled over the knife.
Aylett added that her injuries were identical to those of the surviving woman, which could not have been inflicted during a struggle.Topics
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