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Shafilea Ahmed's sister Alisha admits robbing family

Shafilea Ahmed
Image caption A coroner ruled that Shafilea Ahmed was unlawfully killed

The sister of a girl thought to have been murdered in a so-called "honour killing" has admitted robbing her family at their Cheshire home.

Alisha Ahmed, sister of 17-year-old Shafilea Ahmed, was arrested last August after three men broke into her parents' Warrington home.

The men tied up Ahmed's mother Farzana and four of her children and ransacked the property for cash and jewellery.

Ahmed, 22, pleaded guilty to robbery at Chester Crown Court on Friday.

The court was told that £3,000 in cash and a quantity of valuable jewellery was taken during the robbery.

Ahmed's father, Iftikhar Ahmed, was not in the house at the time of the raid on 25 August.

Witness protection

Mr Justice Irwin said: "This on any view is a complex case. It's a very unusual story."

The court also heard that Alisha Ahmed is currently under the witness protection scheme.

Owen Edwards, prosecuting, asked that the case be adjourned for pre-sentence and psychiatric reports.

The next hearing is due to be on 28 July at Preston Crown Court.

Unlawful killing

The decomposed remains of Shafilea were discovered in the River Kent in Cumbria in February 2004.

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

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

Her parents, taxi driver Iftikhar Ahmed and his wife were arrested on suspicion of her murder and are currently on police bail.

The couple have consistently denied any involvement in her death.

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