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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Man to spend at least 40 years behind bars for murder in Kingston

WARNING: Distressing content

A man has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 40 years for the the murder of 20-year-old Celine Dookhran.

33 year old Mujahid Arshid from Mitcham was also sentenced to varying periods of time of less than 40 years, all to run concurrently with the life sentence, for the other offences he was convicted of at the same time.

These were: the attempted murder of a second female victim, one count of sexual assault, one count of assault by penetration, two counts of kidnap and two counts of rape.

Arshid was found not guilty of possession of a firearm.

Police launched an investigation after being called to an address on Coombe Lane West in Kingston on the evening of July the 19th 2017.

They had been alerted after a second victim had managed to escape from Arshid and raise the alarm.

Officers attended the property at around 8pm and found Celine's body.

Arshid was quickly identified as a suspect and arrested in the early hours of the following morning at a hotel in Folkestone.

An investigation revealed that he had spent the three weeks prior to the incident planning how to abduct Celine and the second victim.

He was said to have been motivated to kill by his infatuation for them, and jealousy because of other relationships they were in.

The Old Bailey jury heard that he had carried out internet searches about how to dissolve bodies in acid and how long it took for someone to freeze to death.

On the morning of the 19th of July, Arshid entered an address on Homefield Gardens in Mitcham wearing a balaclava.

Miss Dookhran and the second victim were gagged and had their mouths, hands and feet bound with tape.

They were then wrapped in dust sheets.

Arshid is said to have gathered clothes and other items belonging to the two women and put them in a suitcase, it is believed that he wanted to make it look like they were running away.

The victims were loaded into the back of his vehicle.

Arshid then drove the victims to an address on Coombe Lane West in Kingston, which he had been hired to carry out building work on and knew was empty.

Both women were raped by Arshid at the address and he inflicted a fatal slash wound on Celine's neck.

He then put her in a chest freezer he had installed at the property two days before and padlocked it shut.

The second victim also suffered a neck wound which was not fatal.

She spoke to Arshid during the attacks and he stopped the violence.

She managed to get hold of a mobile phone whilst being held captive and tell her mother she had been kidnapped.

She didn't know where she had been taken, but was able to remember landmarks.

Seemingly coming to terms with what he had done, Arshid called a relative and they met.

Seeing the injuries to the second victim, the relative got her out of Arshid's car and took her to hospital.

She would later recount what had happened.

Arshid first drove home where he spoke to his wife whilst gathering belongings and his passport.

He then drove to New Malden and boarded a train to Kent.

When he was arrested, Arshid was carrying a key to the padlock on the freezer and was found with purses belonging to the two victims.

A post-mortem examination carried out at Kingston Mortuary gave Celine's cause of death as an incised wound to the neck.

Detective Chief Inspector Sam Price, led the investigation for the Homicide and Major Crime Command, she said:

"This was a sexually motivated attack of unspeakable violence and horror which ended in one murder, with a second surviving victim suffering serious injuries and ongoing trauma.

"Throughout the trial, Arshid's attempts to deflect blame from himself have been deplorable. I am glad the jury have seen through his lies and have convicted him of these horrific crimes.

"Celine's family have been forced to sit through weeks of reliving their daughter's last hours and they have done this with absolute dignity.

Their distress has been compounded by the fact Arshid was someone they knew and trusted.

"I would like to pay tribute to them, and the surviving victim, who have shown great strength and courage during this investigation - this is in complete contrast to Arshid's cowardice."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:11 pm  

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