Laura Wilson was just 17-years-old when she was stabbed to death next to a canal in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in 2010.
This wasn’t a mugging gone wrong, or a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact, the mother-of-one was the victim of Britain’s first white honour killing. Her death was premeditated murder, plotted and committed by the boyfriend she was madly in love with.
Laura’s crime was to bring dishonour on her Muslim lover Ashtiaq Ashgar, 21, who is now serving a life sentence for the brutal murder.
By the time she was 15, Laura Wilson, from Rotherham, was besotted with Ashtiaq Ashgar, 16
In 2008, the couple began an intense relationship at school when Laura was just 15, and Ashtiaq, 16.
Her sister, Sarah, reveals on tonight’s episode of Britain’s Darkest Taboos on Crime & Investigation Network: ‘She loved him. She worshipped the ground he walked on, she really did. She would have done anything for him.’
Ashtiaq came from a traditional Muslim family who were planning an arranged marriage for their son with a girl from Pakistan.
They would have been horrified to learn he was dating a white girl so he made Laura keep their relationship a secret.
Unbeknown to his family, he lived a double life where he drank, smoked cannabís, carried weapons and had numerous relationship with women, including Laura.
When Laura found out that he has been seeing other girls, they broke up and she slept with this married friend, 22-year-old Ishaq ‘Zac’ Hussein, to make him jealous.
Only 16, she fell pregnant as a result of the fling and had a daughter, Alicia. Zac refused to acknowledge he was the father.
After Alicia is born, Laura and Ashtiaq rekindled their relationship but he insisted it must continue to be a secret. But while Laura was very much in love, her mother, Maggie, believes Ashtiaq was just using Laura for séx and treated her badly.
She said: ‘I heard a phone conversation between Laura and Ashtiaq, Laura telling him how much he loved him and he was just so nasty. You could hear Laura crying in the background. He was saying just how much he hated her and that he’d got another girl, and he wasn’t interested in her and she’s shouting back “I love ya, I love ya…”. He used Laura I think at the end.’
Ashgar comes from a very traditional Muslim family and was leading a secret life which Laura was a part of
The two broke up and Laura began a short relationship a married friend of his
Laura soon became sick of being Ashtiaq secret and on October 6, 2010, fuelled by alcohol, she and her sister made the fatal mistake of revealing all to his family.
They knocked on his mother’s door and told her what was going on.
Sarah recalls: ‘Laura told her that she wanted to marry him, but his mother got aggressive and hit her with a shoe, calling her “a dirty white bítch.’
The whole time Ashtiaq stood behind his mother ‘acting sheepish’.
When sentenced, Ashgar ‘showed no remorse’, he was just upset at the amount of jail time he received
The public episode would have been deeply shameful and embarrassing to him.
On a roll, Laura and Sarah also visited Zac’s family to reveal how he is the father of her baby.
Maggie recalls: ‘She said “I am sick of her being a secret” as she had been told not to mention about Alicia to any of the family. So she told them but they just didn’t want to know.’
Maggie added that Laura’s relations with Ashtiaq and Zac had ‘fetched shame on their family… she had to be stopped.’
In the days following Sarah and Laura turning up at their houses, an angry Ashtiaq sent Zac a text message saying: ‘I’m gonna send that bítch to Hell.’
He also said he wanted to make ‘beans on toast’ of her, which is a phrase that means to spill blood.
He asked Laura to meet him at the canal one evening and it’s there that he murdered her.