Grocer’s ‘onion tears’ over wife’s death

A teenager told a court a grocer ‘faked tears’ as she battled to save his wife who had been found lifeless on her landing floor. Muhammad Ilyas, 41, allegedly strangled Maria Chavez, 32, at their home in Kingston Road, Ilford. He went out and pretended to discover her body when he returned, the Old Bailey heard. Ilyas was screaming and sobbing, but a 16-year-old girl who was in the house said she did not believe his tears were real. ‘He…

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