Man denies murder after body of a London student found in a suitcase

Hina Bashir was a 21-year-old student at Coventry University London

A man charged with killing a London student and hiding her body in a suitcase has denied committing the murder.

Hina Bashir, a 21-year-old business management at Coventry University London, was last seen on 11th July. She was reported missing after not showing up for work for three days at Queen Mary, University of London, where she worked for a security company.

Her body was found on the early morning of 17th July by police dogs in a large suitcase in Folkes Lane, Upminster.

Muhammad Arslan, a 26-year-old man from Ilford, was subsequently charged with her murder and for perverting the course of justice by allegedly trying to hide her body.

He pleaded not guilty at a plea hearing this Wednesday, 16th November, and is expected to face a three-week trial from 5th June, 2023.

If you are experiencing distress related to this tragedy, please speak to someone. Samaritans can be contacted by calling 116 123, Anxiety UK by 03444 775 774, and Mind by 0300 123 3393 at any time. 

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