In the lair of “honor killing” uncle Mohammed Taroos Khan who murdered Somaiya Begum
The bloodied body of a young woman who refused a forced marriage lay curled up in a dirty carpet overnight in her depraved uncle’s run-down house.
Shelves of tools line the wall in the cluttered and filthy lounge area of Mohammed Taroos Khan’s shipping container residence in Bradford.
Furious that his niece Somaiya Begum had rejected her father’s arranged marriage to her cousin in Pakistan at the age of 16, and furious at her increasing Westernization, he mercilessly butchered the biomedical student four years later.
The lounge of murderer uncle Mohammed Taroos Khan’s shipping container hideout in Bradford
The 53-year-old killer kept the place in a sorry state and kept his niece’s body there
For her own safety, Somaiya, 20, lived with her grandmother and another uncle under a court-ordered protection against forced marriage.
In the supposed safe house of her beloved grandmother, Khan, 52, found his niece – and shoved a four-inch metal spike into her back, puncturing her lung.
The sharpened woodworking tool was found embedded in her decomposed body when police finally found it on wasteland after a two-week search for the missing student.
Khan denied murder at the Bradford Court Crown but was found guilty of “traumatic” assault and sentenced to 25 years in prison on Wednesday.
Despite the lengthy prison sentence, Khan has insisted he will continue to pay his £240 rent for the cramped metal box he was living in, apparently under the impression he will need the premises again.
Obtained by MailOnline and taken with the landlord’s consent, these interior images offer a chilling snapshot of Khan’s existence and the brief resting place of his tragic niece.
Mohammed Taroos Khan, who has been convicted at Bradford Crown Court of murdering his 20-year-old niece, Somaiya Begum
He had rented two storage containers at an industrial facility a mile from the crime scene and one above where he lived.
A single bed is visible in the office-style “portable” container, which is approximately 9 feet wide and 30 feet long.
The landlord, who declined to give his name, said Khan is still paying £240 rent for his flat.
He said: “I had a call from Mr Khan in January and I told him I could get someone else in but he said no. He said he will ask his attorney to waive the rent.
“He started renting the storage containers for his tools, then one day he said he had to rent the above one to live in.”
The body of the innocent Somaiya was thrown onto wasteland, where it was found decomposed eleven days later
Khan has insisted he will continue to pay his £240 a month rent in order to keep his home
The metal box above was where Khan lived with his tools stored in the structures below
Khan’s hope of returning to one of the crime scenes stands in stark contrast to his hero brother Dawood, who testified against him in court.
Somaiya lived with her Uncle Dawood and grandmother after leaving her parents’ home two years ago due to the Forced Marriage Protection Order.
She moved in after her own father tried to force her into marrying a cousin “under threat of violence.”
But that safe haven was breached when Khan fatally attacked them there on June 25 last year.
Now neighbors of the property say heartbroken Dawood can no longer return there.
It is believed that Somaiya’s grandmother now lives alone and is occasionally visited by another son who does not live there.
Mahmood Hussain, who lives a few doors down, said: “He felt responsible for Somaiya. He hasn’t been in the house since it happened.
Mahmood Hussain, 44, outside his home in Bradford, who lives on Binnie Street a few doors down from Somaiya
Somaiya’s home that her hero uncle Dawood had to leave because of his broken heart
“He hasn’t been able to cope since it all happened. It’s a shame because he’s the nicest guy.’
Mr Hussain, 44, said the first thing he learned of Somaiya’s disappearance was when Dawood knocked frantically on his door asking for his CCTV footage to be checked because she had disappeared.
He had no idea that his brother had sneaked into a bunch of keys he had cut in his sleep and stuck an 11cm spike from a tool in his workshop down Somaiya’s back.
Bradford Crown Court heard he probably strangled her, but the exact course of death could not be established due to the decomposition of her body, which was dumped “like garbage” on wasteland.
He added: “No one deserves to die like that. He deserves life in prison.
“It must have been because of the arranged marriage, I see no other reason.
“Nobody deserves to die like that. He deserves life in prison. You don’t kill anyone for that. It’s terrible.’
No statements about the victims’ impact were read in court by family members, but Dawood Khan said in evidence: “She was a blessing to have in the house and I couldn’t fault her. She was the light of my life.”
Another neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was a “sincere and kind man”.
She said: “The uncle left the house immediately, but his mother is still there.
“I heard he’s going through a nervous breakdown, he’s been hit really hard.
“He was really real. He was really nice and thought about her a lot. I think he thought she was his responsibility.
“The family was very quiet and never spoke much, but he always seemed nice.
“It’s devastating to know what happened to her. You would never see her out and about.
“She had freedom, but she just went to college and worked. She was very focused on studying, it’s such a shame.’
A third neighbor, who gave his name only as Abdul, said he had known Khan since they were young men, but that Khan “suddenly changed” about 25 years ago.
He said: “He was fine when he was younger, we never had a problem and there were never any problems. But suddenly he just changed.
“I don’t know what happened to him, but he wasn’t the same anymore.
“He was very calm, but you never thought he would do something like that.
“Since the murder, the grandmother has never answered the door. Some relatives visit her and sometimes go shopping with her, but they call when they arrive and she opens the door.
“I haven’t seen Dawood since it happened. He just left the house and has not returned.’
Mohammad Taroos Khan used to live in the house in Binnie Street, Bradford, before being jailed after being convicted of assaulting his own daughter.
He held a knife to her throat and threatened to “cut it open,” it said at his murder trial.
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