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A man who murdered his 20-year-old niece and dumped her body on wasteland after she refused a forced marriage has been jailed for life.

Mohammed Taroos Khan, 53, killed Somaiya Begum at her home before leaving her body wrapped up in a rug.

The Leeds Beckett University student's body was found in July 2022, 11 days after she went missing.

At Bradford Crown Court, Khan was given a minimum of 25 years in jail.

During the trial, jurors were told Miss Begum was subject to a Forced Marriage Protection Order at the time of her death due to attempts by her father to force her to marry a cousin "by threat of violence."

She had been living with another of her uncles after her parents had been issued with the order.

After attacking Miss Begum in her home on June 25 last year, Khan was seen on CCTV dragging her body from his car & dumping it on waste ground.

The footage, which was played to the jury, showed him parking on Mill Lane before getting out & pulling something long & light colored out of the vehicle.

Khan, who denied murder, admitted perverting the course of justice by disposing of Miss Begum's body & trying to burn her mobile phone.

For this, he was handed a 5-year sentence, to run concurrently.

A post-mortem examination found a 4-inch metal spike embedded in Miss Begum's back which had penetrated her lung.

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Source: BBC News

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