LONDON: The man accused of the rape and murder of a young woman has alleged she was killed by a possessive rival who went “crazy” after catching them having sex. Builder Mujahid Arshid, 33, claimed to a jury he had consensual sex with both women but left them to it and phoned his mother when they began rowing over him on July 19 last year.
He returned to find his niece Celine Dookhran, 20, dead in the bathroom of the house he was renovating and the other woman with “blood on her hands”, he said. Arshid is on trial for the kidnap, rape and murder of Ms Dookhran, and the attempted murder of the surviving woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons. Ms Dookhran’s body was found in a freezer at the house after the second alleged victim was taken to hospital with cutsto her wrists and neck, the Old Bailey has heard.
Giving evidence, Arshid told jurors how he had sex with the unidentified woman twice before July last year, including one time in his car.
He said he had invited both women to spend the day with him on learning Ms Dookhran planned to run away following a family dispute. Arshid said he took them in his pick-up truck to the six-bedroom renovation project in Kingston, south-west London.
He told jurors he left the unidentified woman in a bedroom with a vibrator and returned to find her “undressed from the waist down and using it”.
He said: “I then go and sit on the bed with her and we start making out, kissing and fondling. And we had sex.” Afterwards, Arshid said Ms Dookhran, who was downstairs in the kitchen, told him she was tired and went upstairs. He said he carried on with his work before coming across his niece sobbing that her “whole family hate her”. He told jurors he tried to reassure her, saying: “I was comforting the girl, inn it.” He went on: “You know what? For the first time in a while I made her feel safe.
I know in the grand scheme of things how things turned out. “She felt safe and comfortable, and then she kissed me. It was a very emotional situation. We act first, and think later.”