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Shafilea Ahmed sister accused of robbing family

Shafilea Ahmed
Image caption Shafilea Ahmed died in 2003

A sister of suspected murder victim Shafilea Ahmed has appeared in court charged with robbing jewellery worth £33,000 from her family.

Three men broke into the family home in Warrington, Cheshire, on 25 August and tied up her mother, Faranza, and four of her adult children.

Alisha Ahmed, 22, appeared at Halton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with robbery.

She was granted bail and will appear at Warrington Crown Court on 11 February.

In the raid last summer, the thieves ransacked the property before fleeing with cash and the gold jewellery.

Ms Ahmed, spoke only to confirm her name and date of birth. District Judge Bridget Knight ordered that her current address could not be reported.

'Vile murder'

The decomposed remains of her sister Shafilea were discovered in Cumbria in February 2004. Police believe she may have been the victim of a so-called honour killing.

She had disappeared five months earlier, prompting a major police search.

Cheshire Police questioned her parents and other relatives on suspicion of kidnapping.

The Crown Prosecution Service later concluded there was insufficient evidence to bring charges.

South Cumbria coroner Ian Smith returned a verdict of unlawful killing, saying he believed that the teenager was the victim of a "vile murder".

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