World News – GB – Honor murder victim Banaz Mahmod pleaded with police for help before being murdered


Caroline Goode, the ISD who investigated the Banaz Mahmod murder spoke on Good Morning Britain ahead of the ITV Honor drama describing the heartbreaking story

Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard of Good Morning Britain were joined by Caroline Goode, the Detective Superintendent who worked on the Banaz Mahmod murder case as the first case on the job

Banaz was 20 when she was murdered in 2006 for leaving an abusive arranged marriage and finding a new partner

Her father, uncle and three cousins ​​were convicted of her murder when her body was found in a suitcase under a refrigerator, she had been raped and strangled

Banaz had repeatedly told the police that she feared for her life and even said that her father had already tried to kill her

DSI Caroline’s appearance preceded a new two-part ITV drama Honor, which tells the story of Banaz and stars Keeley Hawes

Caroline explained, « The difference with this murder is that normally when you are investigating a murder you have a heartbroken family separated by grief.

« And part of your motivation to solve this murder is to try to end the family

« You’re never going to get their loved one back, but you are trying to get justice for this family, and in this case we were investigating the family for the murder, and it seemed to us at the time that very few of the family members really liked Banaz

« So we took on the role of surrogate family, surrogate parents and called her ‘our daughter’

« I have certainly never encountered anything like this before, I have been confronted with cases of child abuse where children are killed by their families

« But never where an adult woman had been killed by the people who were supposed to protect her, for something as superficial as it was perceived to shame the family »

« It makes anyone who has a family member think how the hell they could have treated her so badly, » Ben said

Banaz can be seen in a recording asking the police, « What can you do to protect me? » as she feared for her life he added: « I imagine some of those policemen still haunt today that they couldn’t do more and they weren’t able to save her »

Caroline replied: « It is one of the great tragedies in Banaz’s history that there have been missed opportunities to save Banaz’s life

And that was in large part due to the ignorance of honor-based violence, which is one of the reasons this drama is so important

« It is a crime that thrives in a culture of silence, so the more we can spread the story, the more we break this culture of silence and it is easier for others to report it

« But it also makes it easier for people to understand what they are listening to and to be able to help

So there were mistakes and for various reasons, but they were largely due to ignorance which meant people underestimated the risk to Banaz

« They didn’t understand how they should treat victims of honor-based violence, and in one terrible case the officer just didn’t believe what she was told because she had never heard of something like this

« Things are very different in the police field now, the Banaz case was a real catalyst for change, there have been huge investments in the education of the police and social workers

« This is a story that needs to be told over and over again in different ways to keep spreading this message »

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News from around the world – GB – Banaz Mahmod, victim of the honor killing, begged the police to help him before being murdered


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