Died 4th June 2014
Reema Ramzan (18) was killed in Sheffield on 4th June 2013 by decapitation. She was allegedly beheaded while she was alive and conscious.
Aras Hussein (21), Ms Ramzan’s boyfriend, is accused of her murder and actual bodily harm.
Sheffield Crown Court has heard that he killed Ms Ramzan by cutting off her head with a knife before inflicting stab wounds on himself.
Prosecutor Graham Reeds QC said: “Bruising into tissue wounds suggest that Reema was still alive as the defendant started to remove her head,” adding “The process of decapitation would require considerable motion with corresponding considerable force which needed to be sustained until all the tissues had been cut through. Force would also be needed to restrain the victim who is likely to have been struggling. Severe force would have been needed to cut through the spinal vertebrae with a knife in order to remove the head.”
Mr Reeds told the jury that Hussein was seen naked outside his flat in Sheffield with blood pouring out of his chest, and told emergency workers: “I don’t know why I did it. She like me but I raped her. What I did was wrong. I need punishing for it.” Allegedly he asked “ Why are you helping me? I’ve murdered someone.”
The prosecutor said a neighbour had reported she heard a woman “screaming for dear life”,.
The lawyer said Hussein was likely to claim he was suffering from diminished responsibility due to schizophrenia at the time of the attack. The prosecution disputes this.
Hussein was calm when he was first arrested, but after he was taken to the nearby Northern General Hospital for treatment he attacked staff trying to help him, Mr Reeds said. He allegedly assaulted a cardiothoracic surgeon and an anaesthetist as well as police officers who tried to restrain him, biting one of them, before he was injected with a sedative. Mr Reeds said the prosecution rejected Hussein’s likely defence of diminished responsibility. He said he had “no history of mental illness”, adding: “He was able to function perfectly well – he held down a job, he lived on his own, he had his own flat and, it’s a self-evident truth, he had a girlfriend.” Mr Reeds said: “ The prosecution say that his behaviour at the time of the killing is much more likely to be explained by the fact he had a propensity towards violence and his controlling behaviour towards Reema.”
Mr Reeds said that Ms Ramzan’s family disapproved of her relationship with Hussein, who repeatedly came into conflict with her relatives. On one occasion, Mr Reeds said, the defendant was warned by police for taking sexually explicit pictures of her and threatening to show them to her family if she ever left him. On another incident, Ms Ramzan’s brother Sohail allegedly argued with the defendant after seeing red marks on her neck, but Hussein told him “he’d do what he liked”.
Hussein was originally from Iraq.
The trial continues.
Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Daily Mail.