Underpass murder defendant 'dumped weapons and bloodstained clothing'By Becky Barnes
November 20, 2012
A man murdered his girlfriend then dumped weapons and bloodstained clothes in nearby bushes, a court heard.
At the murder trial of Muhammad Shafi, 28, prosecution lawyer Alan Blake said friends of the Pakistani-national refused to take his rucksack of blood-soaked clothing after he beat to death Tuanjai Sprengel, 43, in an underpass in the early hours of Sunday, May 27.
Mr Blake said: "Shafi disposed of a kitchen knife and metal tin snips in shrubs nearby and returned to his home address.
"He changed out of his bloodstained clothing and put it in a rucksack, which he took to a nearby house and tried to persuade two people to take possession of it.
"When they refused he took the bag and disposed of it in undergrowth near the main road."
Shafi, of Basemoors, Bullbrook, will today face day two of his trial for murder at Reading Crown Court where prosecution witnesses will be called to give evidence to a jury of eight women and four men.
Witnesses, expected to attend court today (Tuesday) and tomorrow, will include Salleem Ahmed and Idress Haider, of Bay Road.
Yesterday a court heard how Shafi went to Bay Road and told his friends he had 'done a very bad thing' and Mr Haider 'understood he had hit or killed his wife'.
It is claimed the defendant said his girlfriend 'must be dead by now' as when he left her she was making a 'snoring' or 'gasping' noise.
A jury heard how the pair refused to help Shafi and tried to persuade him to hand himself into the police.
The alleged murderer, who came to the UK on a student visa in December 2010, was arrested after ID in Ms Sprengel's bag led police to their shared bedsit.
The jury was yesterday shown CCTV footage of a dark figure walking in one direction and then back near the BP garage and the Royal Oak Pub, London Road, at just after 9.30am on Sunday, May 27.
The prosecution claimed the figure is Shafi and said he was carrying a rucksack when he walked one way and then returned without the bag a few minutes later.
A rucksack containing bloodstained clothing including a red Baywatch t-shirt similar to one worn by Shafi in earlier footage from Ladbrokes bookmakers and matching the DNA of Ms Sprengel and the defendant was found in shrubbery near the BP garage on the afternoon of Monday, May 28.
CCTV footage from near Bullbrook Community Centre was also shown to the jury, which showed a dark figure appear to rummage in a rucksack at just after 5am.
Metal tin snips - similar to pliers and used for cutting metal containing Ms Sprengel's hair and a kitchen knife were found in bushes near Bullbrook Community Centre.
The couple's landlord Frank Napier said items matched ones kept at their home address.
The trial continues.