Fruit and veg seller ‘strangled wife’


A fruit and veg seller accused of strangling his wife feigned shock by ‘screaming out’ when he discovered her corpse, a court heard today (mon). Muhammad Ilyas, 41, allegedly killed Maria Chavez at their home in Kingston Road, Ilford, on 13 May last year and left the property before returning later the same the evening. Prosecutor Julian Evans, QC, told jurors: ‘He embarked upon a quite deliberate and cruel fiction by pretending to be shocked and dismayed by finding his…

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