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Muslim father confesses to 'honour' killing of teenage daughter after she stole condoms

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A tearful Asadullah Khan told the court he killed his daughter Lareeb with his bare hands
A tearful Asadullah Khan told the court he killed his daughter Lareeb with his bare hands

Asadullah Khan told the court he killed his daughter Lareeb with his bare hands after she brought 'dishonour' on the family.

Khan, 51, told the court in Germany he strangled his 19-year-old daughter with his bare hands after police told him they had caught her shoplifting condoms.

Lareeb, a dental technician, had a 'forbidden boyfriend' and had been away from home for a few nights.

Khan then received a letter from the police informing him that his daughter had been caught stealing condoms.

It is alleged that this sent Khan into a fury and his wife Shazia could not stop him from killing his daughter.

Shazia, who is also on trial for murder, told the court: 

'I couldn't stop him,' she said in a statement read to the court by her lawyer. 'I have rheumatism and didn't have the strength to fight him off. I wanted to scream, but I couldn't.

'Lareeb stayed away from the home for several nights in a row and stopped wearing the headscarf. One day we received a letter from the police saying she had been caught trying to steal condoms.

'At this point it became clear that there was sexual contact. When I showed the letter to my husband he snapped.'

Khan has admitted the killing, saying that he did not approve of Lareeb's boyfriend and he had wanted her to go into an arranged marriage, just as he and his wife had done in their native Pakistan.

After the killing, it is alleged that Khan and his wife dressed their daughter, put her in a wheelchair and brought her to a secluded area in the city of Darmstad, where they dumped the body in January this year.

Lareeb's corpse was discovered the next morning by passers by.

The trial continues in Darmstadt in Germany.