Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Divers scour London river in search for woman ‘killed by husband’

Police divers were seen scouring an east London river for the remains of a woman after her husband was accused of murdering her, stuffing her body into a suitcase and dumping it in the water. Suma Begum was reported missing on Sunday, April 30, and it is alleged that her husband Aminan Rahman, 45, killed her at her home in Tower Hamlets on April 28.

On Tuesday, May 9, a team of five police divers were seen trudging through the mud and water in Bow Creek near Leamouth, as they continue to search for her remains, MyLondon reported.

Ms Begum was last seen alive on April 28 at her residence in Orchard Place, Tower Hamlets. 

Mr Rahman is accused of disposing of her body in the early hours of April 30. 

Later that day, Begum was reported missing. 

Mr Rahman has been charged with her murder and was present in court on May 9 at the Old Bailey, where he was assisted by a Bengali interpreter. 

Mr Rahman only spoke to verify his identity and birth date before being taken into custody.

Tom Broomfield, prosecuting, told the court: “It is alleged that he either killed or incapacitated Ms Begum, placed her or her body in a suitcase which he then dumped into the River Lea, part of the River Thames.”

On May 4, Mr Rahman was taken into custody for interrogation and was subsequently charged with her murder. 

Rahman’s plea hearing and trial preparation hearing is scheduled for July 25 at the Old Bailey.

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