Somaiya Begum’s uncle, 52, will stand trial accused of murdering the 20-year-old whose body was found after major police search
The uncle of a young Asian woman whose body was found after she was reported missing for over a week has appeared in court charged with her murder.
Mohammed Taroos Khan, 52, is accused of killing Somaiya Begum, 20, who was found dead on Wednesday, July 6, after a major police search in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Khan did not speak or enter a plea during the brief hearing at Bradford Crown Court today.
The city’s Recorder, Judge Richard Mansell QC, set a trial date for next February.
Khan was remanded in custody ahead of a further hearing in September.
Somaiya was last seen on June 25 at her home in Binnie Street in Bradford and was reported missing the next day. Her body was found on July 6 just over a mile away
Forensic officers and sniffer dogs were seen search for evidence at Miss Begum’s home at Binnie Street
A police cordon was put in place around Fitzwilliam Street in Bradford following the discovery of Somaiya Begum’s body on July 6
Recorder Mansell said: ‘I am fixing your trial for February 20 next year. You will be held in remand until that date.
‘There will be a plea and trial preparation hearing on September 19. You will remain in custody until then.’
Somaiya was last seen on June 25 at her home in Binnie Street in Bradford and was reported missing the next day.
Officers from West Yorkshire Police discovered her body just over a mile away on Fitzwilliam Street, near the city centre, after a search that lasted almost two weeks.
The search operation saw forensic officers comb areas including a storage yard in Thornbury Road and the area near where Miss Begum lived before her body was eventually found.
Residents said they were shocked at the news.
A tent was put up at an industrial site being searched on June 30, but she was not found there
Officers eventually discovered Miss Begum’s body just over a mile away from her home, on Fitzwilliam Street near the city centre, after a search that lasted almost two weeks
One neighbour described Somaiya as a ‘very quiet and very reserved woman’.
‘I’ve not seen her smile,’ said the neighbour. ‘I’m happy she has been found but the circumstances are so very sad. At least she can be at peace. I am very sad. I’ve been thinking about her a lot. I am going to put some flowers outside her door.’
I am very sad. I’ve been thinking about her a lot. I am going to put some flowers outside her door.’
Khan, of Bradford, was re-arrested on suspicion of her murder and later charged.
Two other men and a woman were previously arrested but released on bail last week.