A builder kidnapped, raped and cut the throats of two women. He then putting one of their bodies in a deep freezer, a court has heard.
The body of 20-year-old Celine Dhookhran was found on 19 July last year in an empty house in Kingston, south London.
Mujahid Arshid, 33, is accused of the rape and attempted murder of another woman in her 20s who cannot be identified.
Arshid, 33, and co-defendant Vincent Tappu are jointly charged with the kidnap of Ms Dookhran and the second woman. They are also charged with conspiracy to falsely imprison both women, and possessing a firearm with intent, namely a Taser. They deny the charges.
The Old Bailey heard that Mr Arshid was obsessed with his niece Ms Dookhran, who worked in a bank.
Ms Dookhran’s family was unhappy about a relationship she was in. She had been staying at a property occupied by Mr Arshid after leaving home.
Family unhappy of Celine’s relationship with boyfriend
The evening before the murder there had been a family meeting attended by Mr Arshid. Pressure was placed on Ms Dookhran and her boyfriend to end their association, jurors heard.
The next morning – 19 July – Mr Arshid took advantage of the “uncertainty surrounding Celine’s position” to kidnap her.
It is alleged that the balaclava-clad defendants, wielding a Taser, kidnapped the women after stuffing socks in their mouths. They then wrapped them in dustsheets.
The women were put in the boot of a vehicle and driven to an empty six-bedroom house. Mr Arshid raped both women at the property before cutting Ms Dookhran’s throat, it’s alleged. He then put her body in a deep freezer he had installed two days earlier.
He also cut the second woman’s throat. However, she managed to escape death and raise the alarm by persuading him they could be together, the court heard.
The defendant abandoned his car at a nearby railway station and was later arrested in a hotel in Folkestone, Kent.
Mr Arshid, of no fixed address, is further charged with sexual assault and assault by penetration against the second female between 2008 and 2010.
The trial continues.