Sister weeps over Shafilea's death

The sister of Shafilea Ahmed broke down in tears as she described the moment she witnessed her parents allegedly murdering her sister.

Alesha Ahmed told Chester Crown Court that she heard her mother, Farzana Ahmed, say "just finish it here" as she and her husband Iftikhar forced a plastic bag into Shafilea's mouth and suffocated her to death in front of their other children.

Iftikhar, 52, and Farzana, 49, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, Cheshire, deny murdering 17-year-old Shafilea at the family home in September 2003.

The alleged murder was witnessed by Alesha, then aged 15, who kept the secret for seven years, the jury has been told.

Asked about the night of the murder by Andrew Edis QC, Alesha said her parents pushed Shafilea on to the settee in their house. Asked by Mr Edis how Shafilea was, she replied: "She was scared, as usual."

She said she could not remember which parent said to grab her leg. Alesha then said her mother grabbed a plastic bag from a nearby stool.

"First of all, they put it in her mouth, then they put their hands over her," she told the court.

Alesha, who was giving evidence from behind a curtain so she could not be seen by her parents in the dock, said she saw Shafilea's eyes were "really wide".

Mrs Ahmed wiped tears from her eyes as she listened to her daughter's evidence.

The court heard the attack happened after around 12 months of conflict between the parents and the teenager.