Murder trial jury see terrorism film

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JURORS trying a man accused of plotting to murder a teenage mum were shown a hit British film in its entirety - after the defendant was accused of using quotes from the movie while planning the killing.

Laura Wilson, aged 17, of Birch Park Court, Holmes, Rotherham, was stabbed to death and dumped in the Sheffield to Keighley canal.

Her body was pulled from the water two days after her family reported her missing last October.

Ashtiaq Asghar, 18, has already admitted the killing, while Ishaq Hussain, 22, of Holmes Lane, Holmes, denies helping to plan the murder.

Laura had slept with both men, and the prosecution say Hussain and Asghar planned Laura’s death after she ‘shamed’ them by telling relatives about their relationships.

Hussain was father to Laura’s daughter, born four months before the brutal murder.

Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court previously heard Asghar sent texts to Hussain before Laura died, which adopted the language of the film Four Lions.

The 97-minute movie, mostly filmed in Sheffield and directed by Chris Morris, is a satire on Islamic terrorists planning a bomb attack.

The first text included swear words and mentioned sending someone ‘straight to hell’.

In another message, Asghar allegedly said he was going to ‘make beans on toast’ - a reference to the carnage after a terrorist bomb blast.

The court also heard that Laura used taxi driver Shaheed Mahmood’s mobile phone to arrange to meet Asghar by the canal on October 9, the night she went missing.

“She was drunk and she was loud,” said Mr Mahmood, a driver for Fast Four Taxis, based on Main Street, Rotherham.

“She said she wanted to borrow my phone to ring Ash because she had no credit.”

Mr Mahmood said Laura told Asghar she wanted to meet ‘as soon as possible’.

“I remember her saying something about meeting up down by the canal,” he told the court.

Records showed the cabbie’s mobile had been used to ring Asghar five times in just under 15 minutes.

The trial continues.