Banaz Mahmod’s family in callous final insult after they brutally murdered her

Banaz Mahmod suffered the tragedy of being betrayed by her family on more than one occasion.

It started with an arranged marriage to a man who was 10 years older who ended up physically abusing her.

Banaz, whose story has been told in ITV drama Honour, had tried to get help, she told police she had been raped and physically abused by her husband when she was married to him.

She had also told her family but they told her to not to leave or she would bring shame on them.

When one of her sisters found her covered in bruises, she confronted Banaz's husband, who told the family: "Yes, I do beat your daughter but it's because she's disrespectful. And yes I do force her to have sex, but only when she says no."

After finding the courage to leave Banaz was accused of bringing "shame on the family"

Back at home, the 20-year-old fell in love with Rahmat Sulemani but her family did not approve, despite him being a welcome visitor on previous occasions.

This didn't stop the couple, who were madly in love, and they arranged to meet in secret.

Mark Billingham, who wrote Love Like Blood after hearing Banaz's story, said: "They worshipped one another and they tried to keep apart.

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"They knew the trouble they were going to get in but they couldn't be without one another so they would meet secretly."

The loved-up couple were spotted outside a Tube station in south London and it was then that Banaz's family planned to kill her.

The family held a "war council" at Banaz's brother Ari Agha Mahmod's home where it was decided she should be killed, along with Rahmat.

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Banaz accidentally overheard a phone conversation between her mother and her brother and she discovered their plot to kill her.

Det Supt Goode said: "A council of war was held at Ari Mahmod's house where the decision was made that Banaz and Rahmat would both be killed. Ari Mahmod rang Banaz's mother and told her that that was going to happen.

"In his words 'they are bringing shame on the family and that b**** and that b****** are going to die'."

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Terrified at what she had overheard Banaz wrote a letter to police, telling them about the threats to kill her and her boyfriend, and delivered it to Wimbledon Police Station.

In it, she wrote: "Numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5 said they are ready and willing to do the job of killing me and my boyfriend."

Just over two weeks later police were called to a cafe in Wimbledon where Banaz was, and she told them her father had tried to kill her.

Her father had taken her to her grandmother's house where he got her drunk on brandy.

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He ordered his daughter not to look at him and a frantic Banaz smashed a window, badly hurting her hands, to flee the house.

She was taken to hospital, where Ramhat filmed a chilling video of her detailing the plot against both of them as she lay in bed.

After the incident Banaz met her dad at a McDonald's, where he apologised and convinced her she was safe.

Still terrified, one final time they went to the police for help and were due to return the following day to make a statement.

Banaz never arrived.

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She was brutally raped and murdered, then her body was buried in a suitcase in the garden of a derelict house in the Midlands.

Rahmat was then kidnapped.

He reported Banaz's disappearance but the police were unable to find any clues with the family.

Finally, Banaz's cousin, Mohamad Hama, told police he had been there when her boyfriend was kidnapped.

It was while he was being held in a cell that he made a phone call that told the police everything.

Det Supt Goode said: "He was callously describing the murder to a relative and they were congratulating themselves on how manly they were."

And they described that murder in the most gruesome of terms.

"They had anally raped Banaz, she was vomiting she was so afraid. They had wrapped a cord three times around her neck so tightly that it was biting into her flesh.

"He described having his feet on her back and pulling and pulling on that cord. Can you imagine the horror of that situation? It took more than half an hour for her to die."

Mobile records from two of her family members led police to a house in the West Midlands where Banaz's body was found.

She was released to her family so they could hold a funeral but they "lied" to police on where it would take place.

The family told officers her funeral would happen at Regent's Park Mosque but in fact they were going to a mosque in Tooting.

Det Supt Good said: "They had deliberately lied to us to prevent us being present. When we arrived [at Tooting] it was obvious that plans had not been made for a funeral.

"The family had pitched up there with no warning. They went in for prayers, leaving their daughter's body in a side road. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that it was only our presence that forced the family to hold a funeral."

Banaz was finally laid to rest at Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery, Morden and in a callous final insult, her family have left her grave unmarked.

Banaz's father, Mahmod Babakir Mahmod, was found guilty of her murder and jailed for 20 years while her uncle, Mahmod Babakir Mahmod, was also convicted of killing her and sentenced for 23 years.

Mohamad Marid Hama, one of the men who killed Banaz after subjecting her to hours of torture and rape, was also found guilty of her murder and ordered to serve 17 years in prison.

At a second murder trial Mohammed Saleh Ali and Omar Hussain were both also convicted of Banaz's murder and jailed for 20 and 21 years respectively.

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