‘Evil’ uncle jailed for 40 years for raping and murdering his niece before dumping her in freezer

An evil uncle has been jailed for at least 40 years for raping his 20-year-old niece before forcing her into a freezer to freeze to death before attempting to kill another woman.

CCTV footage shown to the court revealed how evil Mujahid Arshid kidnapped his niece Celine Dookhran and her friend before taking them to a £1.5million property in south west London.

He then raped and slit both of their throats.

After police arrested for the rape and murder of his own niece he tried to blame the murder on the surviving victim who he claimed killed Celine in a jealous rage after he had sex with both of them.

33-year-old Mujahid Arshad jailed for the murder and rape of his niece and rape and attempted murder of her friend.

The jury at the Old Bailey rejected his claims and found him guilty of murder and attempted murder today.

After the sentence of four life sentences was passed by the Judge, Arshid said ‘can I just say one thing’ but the judge refused to hear him. An onlooker shouted ‘paedophile’ as he was led from the dock.

DCI Sam Price described Arshid’s actions as a ‘sexually motivated attack of unspeakable violence and horror’.

Speaking after he was caged for life, Ms Dookhran’s mother Iman Nadeem said her daughter had ‘fell victim to pure evil’.

She added: ‘The disgusting and senseless actions of Mujahid Arshid deprived Celine of a future, a great future, where she could go on to further her ambitions, get married, and perhaps have a family of her own.

‘She will always be in the darkness that surrounds us. I feel that my world has collapsed.’

The court had previously heard Mujahid Arshad masterminded a plan to kidnap, rape and kill his niece, Celine Dookhran, and a friend of Dookhran after finding out they were having a sexually relationship with their boyfriends.

Arshad was accused of planning for weeks ahead of the kidnapping and even doing an internet search looking for information about what temperature the human body freezes at.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC had previously told the court Arshad kidnapped both women after tasering them on Wednesday 19 July from London and took them to a vacant £1.5m home of a client.

He also took clothes belonging to the girls so it would appear they had simply run away, the court heard.

Both girls were then taken inside and tied up to pipes before being raped by Arshad, who played out ‘a number of his sexual fantasies.’

The jury was told the 21-year-old survivor, who cannot be named, heard Celine scream for at least 10 minutes as she was tied up.

The prosecutor said: ‘The defendant told Celine to climb into the deep freezer in the kitchen, she refused, she said it was too cold.

‘Arshid went and fetched a large towel and wrapped her in it. Celine, who must have been beside herself with fear – she had already been kidnapped and raped – climbed into the freezer.’

20-year-old victim Celine Dookhran

Mr Aylett said he searched for the phrase ‘at what temperature does the human body freeze at’.

He said: ‘It would seem that Arshid must have intended that Celine should freeze to death.’

The survivor pleaded with Arshad to let Celine get out of the freezer and promised she would ‘never say a word’ to anyone.

She told him: ‘We know you’re hurting, you can leave us two right now, walk out of that door.’

But Arshad took Celine back upstairs, Mr Aylett said, and the girl heard screams, several thuds and the sound of tape being unrolled.

Moments later the surviving girl was taken into the bathroom where she saw a container but did not know what was inside it.

‘She did know what was in the container, at first she thought it contained human organs.

‘Although no such item was found and it is apparent from the post-mortem examination that Celine was not disembowelled.’

He told the girl Celine was ‘sleeping’ before he attacked her too and slashed her neck, chest and stomach before sexually assaulting her.

As she lay seriously injured, Arshid sexually assaulted her again and said: ‘How are you still breathing? You should have seen Celine when I cut her neck, there was so much blood, oh my God,’ the court heard.

Having decided against killing her, Arshid then took the girl to his brother and told him they were ‘running away together’ but his brother took the girl straight to the hospital because she looked like a ‘ghost’ and had been ‘brutally cut’, jurors were told.

It is believed the girl convinced Arshad they could be together in a desperate bid for survival.

Officers went to the house and discovered the body of Ms Dookhran in a padlocked freezer in a utility room.

The surviving victim told the court: ‘He just started slicing – literally. He just did it with that knife. Then I fell on the floor,’ she said.

‘I was literally struggling to breathe. Then he got my head, he got his right hand locked his hand into my hair and slit my neck again then bashed my head against the floor.’

She said Arshid molested her as well as Celine’s body as she bled out on the bathroom floor.

‘I think he thought I was just dead,’ she told the court.

He only allowed her to live when she managed to talk him round by telling him she loved him and they could live together.

She told the court: ‘I was talking so much rubbish to him, just going over and over and over and over.

‘He said: ‘Oh I’m not good for you, I’m a nasty, evil, horrible person’ and I was like ‘no you’re not’. I just spoke so much crap.’

Mr Aylett said: ‘A police officer arrived with a crowbar. The lock was broken and inside was the body of Celine Dookhran. She had obviously been dead for some considerable time.’

A sock had been stuffed into her mouth and she had died from a combined effect of restricted airways and loss of blood.

The court also heard Celine was pressured to split up with her boyfriend a day before her ruthless killing because he was from Libya, and not Pakistan.

Family members of Miss Dookhran shouted ‘yes’ as the verdicts were announced.

Arshid angrily shouted ‘your honour, what’s this’ and told the family to ‘shut up’ while gesturing with his hands.

He then tried to blame his other victim who cannot be named for legal reasons yelling it was her who killed Miss Dookhran adding ‘she is lying to all of you’.

As he was lead from the dock he shouted: ‘Before I die I will prove that b**** wrong.’

Mr Justice Edis said: ‘Mujahid Arshid settled on a plan to kidnap, rape and kill his two victims perhaps three weeks or so before. He recruited another man to help him.

‘Although the jury weren’t sure it was Vincent Tappu, whoever it was must have been paid and some significant planning must have gone into his recruitment.

‘And I am satisfied that there must have been a second man, because those young women both had phones and at the start one would be free to make a call.’

He added: ‘What followed on that Wednesday morning was truly terrifying.

‘Celine was restrained by the second man. Her mouth was taped shut. She was heard to be crying.

‘The fear in the mind of that young woman can only be imagined. Celine was brutally murdered upstairs with a Stanley-type knife. She died slowly and of suffocation.’

The judge said of Arshid: ‘He is an intelligent man in many ways, but has no insight at all into the way in which other people deceive him

‘He believes that he is the centre of the world, and other people only matter if they are of use to him.

‘This blindness caused him to stay his hand, and decide not to kill. In his mind she was useful to him.

‘This inability to understand other people and a determination to use them as he pleases is also what makes him an extremely dangerous man.’

Arshid, of Mitcham, was convicted of murder, attempted murder, two counts of rape, two of kidnap, sexual assault and assault by penetration.