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Luton faith healer murder trial begins

Alfusaine Jabbi
Image caption Alfusaine Jabbi was found dead in a Luton park

A woman has gone on trial accused of murdering a faith healer in Bedfordshire in April 2006.

The body of Alfusaine Jabbi, 22, was found in Luton's Leagrave park.

Rubina Maroof, 30, who lived in Pembroke Avenue, Luton, at the time of Mr Jabbi's death, denies murder and conspiracy to imprison Mr Jabbi.

Jurors at Luton Crown Court heard Mr Jabbi advertised that he could "break magic spells and ward off evil spirits".

Prosecutor Frances Oldham QC told jurors that Mr Jabbi "was able to persuade vulnerable clients to part with large sums of money in return for his services".

She said: "We say that Rubina Maroof had given him a lot of money as a client and that money was needed back."

Mrs Oldham said there was evidence to show Mr Jabbi had been "lured" to the Maroof family home in Pembroke Avenue and his blood was later found at the scene.

The court heard Mrs Maroof, her husband Mohammed and their son travelled to Pakistan hours after the body was found where they remained until Mrs Maroof returned in May this year.

The trial continues.

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