Obsessive builder accused of kidnapping and raping two young women leaving one

Sep 25, 2019 lhnddidp

first_imgA builder who became obsessed with two young women kidnapped, raped and cut their throats, leaving one of them dead in a freezer at a disused house, a court has heard.Mujahid Arshid, 33, had spent weeks plotting how to abduct the two women, kill them and dump their bodies in a deep freeze, the Old Bailey heard.Jurors were told Arshid had become “sexually fixated” with the women and resolved “if he cannot have them no-one could”.At the time, both women had boyfriends and Ms Dookhran had moved into Arshid’s home, after falling out with her parents over her love life.He had allegedly abused the other woman when she was aged 13 and was “beside himself with rage” that she was going out with someone else, the court heard.Arshid recruited labourer Vincent Tappu to abduct the pair, wearing balaclavas and gloves, jurors were told.Bound, gagged and covered in a dust sheet, he allegedly bundled them into the boot of his car in July last year and took them to a house he was renovating.While there, Arshid raped both women and attacked them with a lock knife, jurors were told.One of the women managed to escape death and raise the alarm by persuading him they could be together, the court heard. Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told jurors: “The evidence in this case shows that, for a period of about three weeks before July 19 last year, the first defendant was planning to kidnap both young women.”Thereafter, and it is as bizarre as it is terrible, he intended to rape them both before murdering them and disposing of their bodies.”To that end he considered either putting them in acid or else concealing them in a deep freezer.”Arshid put his plan into action, the court heard on the evening of Tuesday, July 18, after Ms Dookhran, who worked at Barclays Bank in Mitcham, south London, was put under pressure to split up with her boyfriend.Wearing balaclavas and gloves, he stuffed socks into the women’s mouths and bound their hands and feet before Arshid drove to the Wimbledon house with them in the boot, the court heard.Two days before, Arshid had installed a chest-high deep freezer into the utility room.Armed with a lock knife, Arshid allegedly raped each woman in turn in an upstairs bedroom.Mr Aylett said: “The defendant took Celine back upstairs. He cut her throat in the bathroom, most likely with the lock knife.”With her mouth still stuffed with a sock, Celine died from the combined effect of the restriction of her airways and lost blood.” Officers went to the six-bedroom house in Wimbledon, south west London, and discovered the body of Celine Dookhran, 20, in a locked freezer in a utility room. Court artist sketch of Vincent Tappu (left) and Mujahid Arshid in the dock of the Old Bailey, where Arshid is on trial accused of the kidnap, rape and murder of his niece, Celine Dookhran, and the attempted murder of another woman Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Mr Aylett said: “The defendant had been hatching his murderous plan for several weeks before he actually brought it into effect.”The prosecution suggest if he could not have them, he would make sure that nobody else could either.”He told how the property Arshid had earmarked was a three-storey house in Coombe Lane West, between Wimbledon and Kingston.The owner wanted to convert it into two flats and approached Arshid to do the work in June last year as he was awaiting planning consent.Mr Aylett suggested Arshid brought the deep freezer to the house in advance to stop the bodies from smelling as they decomposed.Arshid, of no fixed address, denies murder, attempted murder, the rape of both women and the earlier sexual assault of the surviving woman.He is jointly charged with Tappu, 28, of Spencer Road, Acton, west London, of both women’s kidnap and false imprisonment, and possession of a firearm with intent. Court artist sketch of Vincent Tappu (left) and Mujahid Arshid in the dock of the Old Bailey, where Arshid is on trial accused of the kidnap, rape and murder of his niece, Celine Dookhran, and the attempted murder of another womanCredit:Elizabeth Cook  Later, he took the other woman upstairs again and cut her throat, the court heard.But in a desperate bid for survival she managed to dupe Ashid into believing they could be together.Mr Aylett said: “It must have been the defendant’s intention to murder both women and to conceal their bodies in the deep freezer of an unoccupied house in the confident expectation that their bodies would not be found for many months.”Even though he had accomplished but half of his plan, the defendant nonetheless put Celine’s dead body into the freezer. He then locked it using a padlock that he had brought with him.”The surviving woman was able to ring in and raise the alarm, even though she did not know where she was.  She was taken to hospital by Arshid’s brother and managed to give police a description of the house, where officers found Ms Dookhran’s body in the freezer.Meanwhile, Arshid fled to the Kent coast and was arrested at a hotel in Folkestone, the court heard.The court heard Ms Dookhran’s family had disapproved of her boyfriend Omar because he was from Libya, and not Pakistan.The couple appeared to bow to pressure, although Omar has since said they were just pretending and had no intention to stop seeing each other, jurors heard.last_img

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