A Pakistani man, who allegedly murdered a student and dumped her body in a suitcase, has appeared before a UK court.
Muhammad Arslan is accused of killing Hina Bashir, who belonged to the same village in Pakistan.
Hina, a 21-year-old student at Coventry University London, was found in a ditch in Upminster on July 17. She moved to the UK about six months ago and had been in a relationship with Arsalan.
The suspect appeared before the court and confirmed his name, identity and nationality and was remanded into custody.
Hina went to Arsalan’s house on July 11 along with a friend, however, she was not seen alive
Her father called the police on July 14 as the victim was not coming to work and responding to the door of her house.
The cause of her death is not is yet to be revealed. However both Hina and Arsalan were in a relationship and Arsalan was forcing her for marriage but upon her refusal, he killed her.
“My thoughts are with Hina’s family who has suffered a terrible loss. We will provide them with whatever support we can,” said the detective chief inspector.
“We are continuing our work to develop a full understanding of what happened to Hina, not just in recent days but in the weeks prior to this terrible incident,” he added.