House of horrors
PUBLISHED: 12:01 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:00 23 August 2010
NEIGHBOURS of a mother-of two-found dead at her family home have paid a moving tribute to a woman who was like a big sister to them, writes Jason Goodyer. A 23-year-old, named by friends as Lipi Saeda Begum, was found dead as police smashed their way i
NEIGHBOURS of a mother-of two-found dead at her family home have paid a moving tribute to a woman who was 'like a big sister' to them, writes Jason Goodyer.
A 23-year-old, named by friends as Lipi Saeda Begum, was found dead as police smashed their way in to her home in Hampton Crescent, Gravesend.
Aminur Rahman Bachchu, 34, also of Hampton Crescent, and said to be the victim's husband, was arrested shortly after the discovery. continued on page 2
He appeared at Dartford Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged with her murder following the discovery on Friday night.
Friends say the family moved to the area around three years ago. Lipi soon struck up a rapport with her neighbours Ella Begum and Jasmine Layla, also of Hampton Crescent, as they were all from a Bengali background.
Paying tribute to her friend, Miss Begum, 21, said: "She was always there for us. In Bengali communities you look out for each other. She was like a big sister to me really.
"She was a very friendly person who was always willing to help. She wasn't someone who would cause trouble.
"It's all so surreal. You think she is still here but she is not. We really do miss her very much."
Lipi Saeda Begum, who is said to have a two-month-old daughter and a five-year-old son, would often visit her neighbours' house for social gatherings or to have chats.
Mrs Layla, 25, said: "We used to visit her house all the time and we used to invite her to parties. She was a very sweet, very quiet person.
"I was totally shocked to hear this had happened. You just don't expect something like this to happen where you live.
"We couldn't sleep the night after and we have shed a lot of tears for her. She was a very nice person. It's just such a tragedy. She was still so young."
Police forced their way into the semi-detached house at around 9pm last Friday.
They cordoned off the property and remained until Sunday evening as they investigated the incident. It is not yet clear how she died.
Neighbour, Billy McDonnell, 41, of Hampton Crescent, a council worker, said:
"I was in bed at about 10 o'clock and my wife said the police had opened the door with a battering ram and when I came down to have a look there was a lady outside and when the police told her she just collapsed screaming.
"They were really quiet people. I have been here for about two years and we have never heard anything from them. I'm completely shocked."
Mr Bachchu, 34, was remanded in custody following a hearing at Dartford Magistrates on Monday and is scheduled to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on September 1.
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