Celine Dookhran 'honour killing': Two men to stand trial

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Two men accused of kidnapping a teenage make-up artist who was raped and murdered in an alleged “honour killing” will stand trial in January next year, the Old Bailey heard today. 

Mujahid Arshid, 33, and Vincent Tappu, 28, allegedly snatched 19-year-old Celine Dookhran from a shower, tying her up with duct tape and rope and bundling her into a car. 

She was allegedly raped by Arshid, who is also accused of murdering her and dumping her body at a house in Kingston. He and Tappu are also accused of kidnapping a second woman in the same incident. 

Arshid is accused of raping that woman and trying to kill her, but she is said to have managed to escape and raise the alarm. 

Arshid, also known as Mujahid Hussain, and Tappu both appeared flanked by three guards at the Old Bailey this morning for a preliminary hearing. Arshid faces charges of murder, attempted murder, two counts of rape, and two charges of kidnap. His employee, Tappu,faces two charges of kidnapping. 

Judge Anthony Leonard QC set a date of  January 17 next year for an expected three-week trial to start.  

At a previous hearing, prosecutor Binita Roscoe told Wimbledon magistrates Ms Dookhran was in a relationship with an Arab Muslim, which was disapproved of because her family are Indian Muslims.

She said the second woman had told police that during  her alleged kidnapping, on July 19, her face and mouth “were covered in duct tape, her hands were tied with cable ties and her feet were tied with rope” and she then  “heard the deceased who was in the shower screaming.”

It is said the two women were Tasered and rolled up in sheets before being driven away.

Arshid, of no fixed address, and Tappu, of Ealing, were remanded in custody. Neither entered pleas.


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