Update: Man to appear at Old Bailey over Hinxton body
PUBLISHED: 12:28 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010
A UGANDAN has man appeared in court over the murder of a woman whose body was found burning in a Hinxton lay-by. Homeless Jamel Bakhit, 24, is accused of killing Swedish national Rahmona Ahmedin.
A UGANDAN has man appeared in court over the murder of a woman whose body was found burning in a Hinxton lay-by.
Homeless Jamel Bakhit, 24, is accused of killing Swedish national Rahmona Ahmedin.
Bakhit appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday (June 23). He has been sent for trial at The Old Bailey, Central Criminal Court in London, on September 29 and will remain in police custody.
The 23-year-old victim, Ahmedin, who lived at Peabody Square, Islington, was stabbed to death. It is believed her body was put into a suitcase, before being dumped in a lay-by off the A1301 at Hinxton, and set on fire.
The burning body was discovered by a lorry driver at 3.30am last Wednesday (June 18) and a major investigation was launched. Investigating officer Det Supt Mark Birch described the find as “horrific” and appealed for witnesses.
Following an autopsy carried out at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, by Home Office pathologist Dr Nat Cary, it was established that Ahmedin had been killed by a stab wound to the chest.
The investigation has now been taken over by a team from the Metropolitan Police, headed by Det Insp Phil Rickells. It is believed that detectives spent the weekend working at Ahmedin’s London flat and a number of vehicles were seized as part of the investigation.
She had been reported missing on Saturday June 14 – four days before her body was found.
Bakhit was arrested when he presented himself at a police station on Friday (June 20).
A 200-metre section of the A1301 was closed after the body was discovered and forensic experts examined the scene. The road was not reopened until Friday evening.
The investigation involved more than 40 Cambridgeshire police officers and specially trained police dogs who combed the area looking for evidence.
Police confirmed that when the body was found it was so badly burned they were initially unable to determine its sex.
The lorry drivers who witnessed the scene were interviewed by police and offered counselling to cope with the traumatic experience.
Det Supt Mark Birch confirmed that following their appeal to the public they had “received some very helpful information”.
Manager at the Red Lion pub in Hinxton Chris Bell said that the horrific incident had been discussed at length by regulars at the pub.
“It’s the talk of the town,” he said “The road closure’s certainly affected our business though - we had some very quiet days, although things have picked back up now.”