29 September 2020 14:36
Latest news straight to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email ITV's new two-part drama Honour tells the story of the investigation into missing woman Banaz Mahmod. She was raped and strangled on the orders of her own family after they said she had brought shame on them for leaving an arranged marriage. The British-Iraqi Kurdish woman, who lived in Wimbledon, London,had begun a new relationship with 27-year-old Iranian Kurd Rahmat Sulemani. But what happened to Mr Sulemani? Banaz's family tried to tell him to stay away from her so the pair tried to carry on dating in secret.
But the family found out. On January 22, 2006, Rahmat was almost abducted by two men who told him they would kill him and Banaz. Rahmat and Banaz went to the police the next day and she arranged to come back the day after that to give a statement. But she never turned up and on January 24, 2006, Rahmat reported Banaz missing. Three months later, in April 2006, Ms Mahmod's remains were discovered in the suitcase in a garden in Alexandra Road, Handsworth, more than 100 miles from her south London home. She had been killed on the orders of her own family and then her body taken to Birmingham by a cousin. During the trial, Rahmat gave evidence and had to endure listening to grisly details of the crime. He heard how it had taken Mohamed Hama more than half an hour to kill Banaz by strangling her with a shoelace. At the trial, Rahmat said his "life went away when Banaz died". He added: "The only thing which was keeping me going was the moment to see justice being done for Banaz. "I am just heartbroken and I am falling apart day after day." Mr Sulemani, who was 38, never found love again and in 2016, 10 years after her murder, he was found hanged. He had also been a target of the plot to kill Ms Mahmod and had to assume a secret identity and live under police protection. (Image: PA) Police were called to Rahmat's home at Poole in Dorset on March 20, 2016, after he sent a text to a neighbour saying he was going to kill himself and asking for police to pick up his dog. A friend said: "There is a feeling the police or NHS could have done more for him. "He had tried to kill himself twice before. He was very vulnerable." Mr Sulemani gave evidence in court twice during the trial of Ms Mahmod's father, Mahmod Babakir Mahmod, and uncle, Ari Agha Mahmod, who hatched the plot to kill the couple. They believed he was an unsuitable boyfriend, despite being a hard-working friend of the family often invited for dinner. Both were jailed for life in 2007. Mohamad Hama pleaded guilty to murder shortly after the start of the trial and was also sentenced to life. He had been secretly recorded bragging about his role in the horrific 'honour killing.' Three years later Banaz's cousins Mohamad Saleh Ali and Omar Hussain, were also sentenced to life after being extradited from Iraq where they had fled after the murder. Mr Sulemani told in a 2007 interview how he had fallen in love with Ms Mahmod. He said: "We became close friends and at first it was just a normal friendship. Then it kept on going. "The more we knew about each other the stronger our feelings were. My life depended on her. "She was my present, my future, my hope. She was the best thing that had ever happened to me. "My life went away when Banaz died. There is no life." Mr Sulemani had tried to convince Ms Mahmod's father to let the pair marry. But he was told it was "never going to happen." Where to get help if you're feeling suicidal Samaritans (116 123) samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you're feeling, or if you're worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected], write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch. CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.net has a helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. They're open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year. Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won't show up on your phone bill. PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal. Other depression charities Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn't have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information depressionalliance.org Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying studentsagainstdepression.org The Sanctuary (0300 003 7029) helps people who are struggling to cope - experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks or in crisis. You can call them between 8pm and 6am every night.There are other depression charities. Ms Mahmod was then held captive at a relative's home for two weeks and beaten, but still refused to end the relationship. Her uncle Ari called a family meeting in December 2005 when it was decided to kill the couple. The first attempt on her life came on New Year's Eve when her father Mahmod lured her to her grandmother's house and forced her to gulp down brandy. She escaped by smashing a window before collapsing in a cafe and being taken to hospital, covered in blood. After the attack the couple were "terrified." See latest crime data for your postcode by typing your postcode in the box below: One night Ari's henchmen tried and failed to snatch Mr Sulemani at the home of some friends. He told Banaz what happened and she went to a police station, making an appointment to return a day later. But she disappeared that night. Mr Sulemani heard in court how the woman he loved had endured two hours of rape and torture before she was strangled.