Handyman accused of murdering physician and her daughter, 14, tried to steer blame on to the schoolgirl

The builder, accused of murdering a doctor and her teenage daughter in her home, tried to put the blame for the deaths on the schoolgirl, a jury heard.

Shahbaz Khan, 51, who died last year for the murders of Dr.

The handyman wrote “Covid-19 house, my mother is angry” and “Help me” on the walls inside the property to blame Ms. Mangrio for her mother’s death, prosecutors said today.

Khan, who previously worked for Dr. Sacharvi had made repairs at home, had arrived at her address near Burnley, Lancashire, just before 11:50 a.m. on September 30, where he was expected to continue further construction, the court was told.

But on October 1st, Dr. Sacharvi, a doctor with the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, and her daughter found dead in their smoke and fire damaged home.

Dr. Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and her 14-year-old daughter Vian Mangrio were found dead in their smoke and fire damaged home near Burnley, Lancashire, in October

Investigation teams outside the mother and daughter's property after their deaths

Investigation teams outside the mother and daughter’s property after their deaths

Autopsy revealed that the doctor died of pressure on the neck and the schoolgirl died of suffocation.

David McLachlan QC, who opened the case, said the previous week the doctor picked her daughter up early from school after reporting Covid-19 symptoms.

The clinician emailed colleagues at the NHS on Sept. 28 to inform them that they are self-isolating while waiting for Miss Mangrio’s coronavirus test result, which later turned out negative.

When the police and crime scene investigators received the address, they saw writing on the walls, the prosecutor said.

Mr McLachlan said, “The letter said things like ‘Covid-19 house, my mother is bad”, “Covid home” and “Help me”.

“It is the prosecution’s case that this was a cynical attempt by Shahbaz Khan to break the relationship between Dr. Portraying Saman and her daughter Vian Mangrio as bitter in order to turn the guilt away from him. An attempt to blame Vian Mangrio for her mother’s death. ‘

Khan arrived at the address where he was expected to continue construction work shortly before 11:50 a.m. on September 30, the court said.

A short time later, Dr. Sacharvi emailed a colleague and was supposed to be in a Microsoft Teams meeting between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., but didn’t attend and WiFi was down from about 1:50 p.m.

It is alleged that Khan killed the doctor before Miss Mangrio got home from school at 3:25 p.m. and then attacked her daughter.

The two victims’ cell phones were unplugged later that afternoon and Khan did not answer his phone when he left the house at 10 p.m., the court heard.

Vian Mangrio 14 year old Vian Mangrio

Vian Mangrio was described by her father as a “loving, caring, intelligent and gifted child”

Flowers left at the Burnley crime scene after mother and daughter died

Flowers left at the Burnley crime scene after mother and daughter died

Two small bottles of Blossom Hill rosé wine and a small bottle of strawberry and banana smoothie that the defendant bought the day before the murders were later recovered from the crime scene, McLachlan said.

Mr McLachlan said when the news of the deaths surfaced in the days that followed, the defendant told a friend that he had Dr the expansion work.

Khan was arrested on October 4th, and police ransacked his home where they found a bag of tens of thousands of pounds worth of gold jewelry in the attic that Dr. Sacharvi belonged to.

Last year, Vian’s father, Dr. Shaukat Mangrio told his daughter how his “loving, caring, intelligent and gifted child” had dreamed of attending Cambridge University.

“She had a bright future, which unfortunately came up short,” he said.

“She was a young lady with a beautiful smile; she was alive and lighting up a room when she walked into it; She had a zest for life, fashion, art and the passion to pursue a legal career.

“It was her dream to be admitted to Cambridge University and I have no doubt that she would have achieved that goal and more.

“I am deeply saddened and heartbroken that she is no longer with us and is unable to lead a life that she deserves.

“I miss my Vian, whose company I loved very much and of whom I would never tire; beyond that there was no joy. She was an innocent child, pure and full of hope, that I lived for; she was my friend, my life, my everything. ‘

Burnley Khan denies that he was ruthless on two counts of murder and one arson incident.

His wife Rabia Shahbaz, 45, also denies having committed an act intended to pervert public justice, namely giving her husband a false alibi.

The trial is expected to take up to four weeks, with the prosecutor’s office opening continuing on Tuesday.

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