It’s that Islamic chattel and honor thing.
Husband who fled Middle East for Britain ‘murdered his wife and buried her body by a lay-by after she left him and became Westernised’
- Ahmed Khatib resented mother-of-three Rania Alayed over legal row, court heard
- She was lured to Salford flat, killed and body stuffed in suitcase, jurors told
- Along with brother, accused of burying body at North Yorkshire lay-by
- Khatib claimed she died after he accidentally caused her to stumble and bang her head
- Two brothers on trial at Manchester Crown Court after denying murder
A husband who fled the Middle East for Britain murdered his wife and buried her body next to a lay-by after he felt ‘insulted’ at her leaving him to become more Westernised, a court heard.
Syrian-born Ahmed Khatib, 33, became resentful of mother-of-three Rania Alayed, 25, after she instructed a lawyer to help ‘free her’ from him, it was said.
She caused further anger by attending college and meeting male and female friends before beginning a relationship with another man she met over the internet.
Ahmed Khatib, pictured right, is alleged to have murdered his wife Rania Alayed, left, and buried her body next to a lay-by after he felt ‘insulted’ at her leaving him to become more Westernised.
After a family summit meeting failed in a bid to get the couple back together Rania was lured to a tower block in Salford, Greater Manchester where she was killed and her body stuffed in a suitcase, it was alleged.
Khatib and his brother Muhned, 38, were then said to have transferred the body to the back of a motorhome before driving to the A19 near Thirsk North Yorkshire where she was buried by the roadside.