Shafilea Ahmed's parents in court accused of her murder

Shafilea Ahmed
Image caption Shafilea's parents were charged after a family member accused them of murder

The parents of Shafilea Ahmed, the suspected victim of a so-called honour killing, have appeared in court accused of murdering the teenager.

Shafilea, 17, went missing from her Warrington home in 2003. Her remains were found in Cumbria six months later.

Father Iftikhar, 51, and his wife Farzana, 48, were charged with murder by Cheshire Police earlier this month.

The couple appeared at Chester Crown Court for a brief hearing. They are due to stand trial in the new year.

A plea and case management hearing is due to take place at Manchester Crown Court on 19 December.

The couple, of Liverpool Road in Warrington, were charged after a family member accused them of murder, a previous court hearing was told.

They have always denied any involvement in her death.

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