Honour killing of Bradford teen to be featured in new documentary

THE honour killing of Bradford-born Shafilea Ahmed is set to be featured in a new documentary called When Missing Turns to Murder.

Shafilea was killed by her parents at their family home in Great Sankey, Warrington, in 2003 because of her choice of western clothing, which they said brought shame on the family.

She was initially reported missing by her friends. Five months later her body was washed up in the River Kent in Cumbria following flooding.

Police had suspected that Shafilea’s parents – Iftikhar and Farzana – were behind the 17-year-old’s death. But they had no evidence until Shafilea’s sister Alesha came forward six years later to confess she had witnessed her parents choking her sister.

In 2012, the parents were convicted of Shafilea’s murder and each jailed for a minimum of 25 years.

When Missing Turns To Murder screens on Monday, April 15, at 9pm on the Crime+Investigation channel.