Jury retires in Asha Muneer murder case

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Asha Muneer
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Asha Muneer was found with multiple stab wounds

Jurors have retired to consider their verdicts in the trial of a teenager accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death.

Gulamyr Akhter, 19, is accused of repeatedly stabbing A-level student Asha Muneer, 18, as she walked home from work in Reading in January.

She was found with more than 30 stab wounds on a footpath by the River Kennet, near the Madejski Stadium.

Mr Akhter, of Victoria Way, Reading, denies murder.

Ms Muneer, from Whitley in Reading, had once been in a relationship with Mr Akhter but it ended in the summer before she died and she had started seeing someone else, the jury heard.

Her body was found by a jogger on the evening of 18 January.

A post-mortem examination revealed that she had suffered 25 stab wounds to her head, face and neck.

On the night she died Mr Akhter said he was due to meet her and had been dropped off by friends, but she did not turn up.

Mr Akhter said the first time he heard about Ms Muneer's death was the next day.

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