Celine Dookhran killing: Muslim teen 'kidnapped, raped and murdered for dating Arab Muslim'

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

An Indian Muslim teenager was kidnapped by two men in balaclavas before being raped and murdered, a court has heard.

Prosecutors allege that Mujahid Arshid, 33, murdered the teenager for being in a relationship with an Arab Muslim.

The body of Celine Dookhran, 19, was found inside a £1.5million home after a woman in her 20s alerted police from hospital.

A post-mortem gave the cause of Ms Dookhran’s death as an incised wound to the neck.

Ms Dookhran was allegedly kidnapped before being taken to an address in Kingston-upon-Thames where she was found dead on July 19, the court heard.

Arshid, of no fixed address, is accused of her kidnap, rape and murder.

He is further charged with the rape, attempted murder and kidnap of the second woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

She had earlier been treated for stab or slash wounds at a south London hospital.

Celine Dookhran was kidnapped raped and murdered in an alleged honour killing (Twitter)

He appeared alongside his co-defendant, Vincent Tappu, 28, who is charged with the kidnap of both women.

Binita Roscoe, prosecuting, said: “The deceased was involved in a relationship with an Arab Muslim and the family members didn’t approve of this relationship because they are Indian Muslims.”

Two men in balaclavas entered the property on July 19, the prosecutor said.

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She told the court: “Her face and mouth were covered in duct tape. Her hands were tied with cable ties and her feet were tied with rope.

“She believes a sock was placed in her mouth. She had heard the deceased who was in the shower screaming.

“The deceased was brought down tied up. They were bound in dust sheets and placed in a vehicle.”

Miss Dookhran, the eldest of three children, was born in Wandsworth in 1996 and was passionate about make-up.

Her Twitter feed is full of advice on using cosmetics and did the make-up for an A-level film made at sixth form.

Her last tweet, posted a week before her death, read: “Alhamdulilah for everything that’s all I can say.”

Bearded Arshid wore a grey prison-issue tracksuit, while his co-defendant wore a black suit and white shirt, with short black hair and a beard.

They were flanked by three dock officers.

Mujahid Arshid appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates Court appeared in court charged with murder, rape and kidnap (Google)

District Judge James Henderson remanded Tappu, of Ealing, west London, and Arshid, who gave no fixed address, in custody.

Arshid will appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday 26 July, while both men are due to appear at the same court on August 21.

Top pic: Twitter