Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Murder Student 'arranged ex-boyfriend's murder to stop him showing intimate images of them to her parents'

A law student has been accused of arranging the murder of her ex-boyfriend out of fear he would share intimate photos of their physical relationship with her parents.
Nargis Riaz, 22, enlisted her besotted new lover Gulam Chowdhury to "eliminate" her former partner Mohammed Yasser Afzal, a court heard.
Chowdhury, 24, then raided Afzal's taxi office and stabbed him 20 times while she watched.
Riaz then hid the identity of the killer from investigators, and even wiped evidence of the messages proving she arranged it alongside Chowdhury from her phone, a jury heard.
Police investigating the case however came across messages between Riaz and Chowdhury, in which she told him: "You are my last resort".

Central NewsNargis Riaz asked Gulam Chowdhury to murder of her boyfriend Mohammed Yasser Afzal (pictured) to stop him showing intimate photos of them together to her disapproving parents
Victim: Mohammed Yasser Afzal

Sandip Patel, prosecuting, told the court: "You may conclude that they planned secretly Mr Afzal's murder. Such a thing rarely happens without a reason.
"The evidence from their messages indicated she was profoundly unhappy with Mohammed Afzal because he threatened on occasion to expose their relationship including intimate photos of them to her family."
Riaz, a second year law student at City University in London, attempted to conceal her relationship with Mr Afzal because her parents did not approve of them being together, it was claimed.
A jury was told how Mr Afzal treated Riaz "like a Queen".
However by February 2014 the relationship had turned sour, and she was desperate to escape, the court heard.
Mr Patel explained: "She wanted to end the relationship but was concerned he would blackmail her and reveal details of their physical relationship to her mother."
She is accused of setting up the killing alongside Chowdhury, an old boyfriend who had recently spent time in prison.

Central NewsNargis Riaz asked Gulam Chowdhury (pictured) to murder of her boyfriend Mohammed Yasser Afzal to stop him showing intimate photos of them together to her disapproving parents
Murderer: Gulam Chowdhury killed Afzal

Mr Patel told jurors: "Shortly after his release from prison they rekindled their relationship and from which sprouted their desire to eliminate Mr Afzal, a word which was used by Nargis Riaz in a text message."
After Riaz asked him for a favour, Chowdhury, a devout Muslim, texted her: "I am willing to burn in hell for you, I swear."
Riaz later replied: "How would I live with myself knowing I got you to do the ultimate?"
In other messages Chowdhury said: "I am going to sort this. Noone will hurt Nargis and live.
"A killing would be justified according to Islam."
The pair also discussed the film 'Bully' which involved a group of friends murdering an abusive ex-boyfriend, the court heard.
Chowdhury reassured Riaz: "Don't worry little angel, I'm the one who's a psycho not you."
Riaz later searched for "is it gunah [sin] to kill" on her computer.
Although she later have a change of heart and backed away from the plan, "her indecision was short lived," said Mr Patel.
On March 24, Riaz went to see Mr Afzal at his family-run business, the E20 minicab offices in Stratford Broadway, east London.
Mr Patel said: "He was in relatively high spirits because he had not seen his girlfriend for some time.

In court: Riaz is on trial at the Old Bailey

"He sent his friends away so they could be alone. He hoped he could persuade her that they had a meaningful future together.
"Nargis Riaz for her part hoped that that would be their last meeting because her true boyfriend at the time, Gulam Chowdhury, would make sure it was.
"They were alone as planned when Gulam Chowdhury stormed in and without warning or provocation vaulted the reception counter and in a frenzied and savage attack stabbed repeatedly the helpless Mohammed Afzal.
"He had no chance. Having been stabbed 20 times he promptly bled to death."
Riaz was present at the start of the attack and waited outside until Chowdhury had fled the scene before raising the alarm, the court heard.

PAGulam Chowdhury moments before he murdered Mohammed Yasser Afzal, as Chowdhury was jailed for life with a minimum of 28 years for killing Afzal in a "ferocious" knife attack which was captured on graphic CCTV film
Raid: CCTV shows Gulam Chowdhury moments before he murdered Mohammed Yasser Afzal

"She thereafter did everything in her power to protect herself and Gulam Chowdhury from exposing their joint involvement in the murder," said Mr Patel.
"However their best laid plans unravelled as the police unearthed evidence that Mr Afzal was the victim of a wicked plot hatched by Nargis Riaz and Gulam Chowdhury."
Jurors were told Chowdhury, of Heenan Close, Barking, has been convicted of murder.
Riaz, of Fanshawe Avenue, Barking, denies murder.
The trial continues.

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