Celine Dookhran 'honour' killing: Family pay tribute to 'talented and loving' daughter

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The family of a young woman who was allegedly raped and murdered in a suspected “honour killing” have paid tribute to her as an “amazingly talented and loving daughter”.

Celine Dookhran, 20, was found dead at an address in Kingston, south-west London, on July 19. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as an incised wound to the neck.

Her family paid tribute to her on Wednesday and said she brought “happiness, joy and laughter to her relatives and friends.”

A statement released by Met Police on behalf of her family, said: “Celine Dookhran was an amazingly talented and loving daughter who brought happiness, joy and laughter to her family and friends.

“We are proud of Celine for everything she had achieved and were looking forward to seeing a loving, caring and innocent young girl fulfil her potential in life and carry on making us proud.”

The family, who thanked those who have offered support and asked for their privacy to be respected, added: “We have sincere belief and full confidence that the perpetrators will face the full force of the law.

“We would like to reiterate our thanks to all that have offered their support and ask everyone to pray for both victims and their immediate families, and that the vile individuals involved face the full weight of justice upon them.”

Two men will face trial at the Old Bailey in connection with the murder, rape and kidnap of Ms Dookhran, and the kidnap, rape and attempted murder of a second victim. 

Mujahid Arshid, 33, of no fixed address, who is also known as Mujahid Hussain, is charged with the murder, rape and kidnap of Miss Dookhran.

He is also charged with the rape, kidnap and attempted murder of a second victim.

Vincent Tappu, 28, of Spencer Road, Ealing, is charged with the kidnap of Miss Dookhran and the second victim.

The pair appeared at the Old Bailey for a brief hearing on Wednesday, and are due to appear at the same court on October 11.

A provisional trial date has been set for January 17 next year.

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