Three men appeared at the Old Bailey charged with the murder of Heathrow airport worker and new dad Mohammed Shah Subhani, whose remains were found in a woodland near Gerrards Cross. The 27-year-old dad was first reported missing by his family on May 7, 2019, after he failed to return to his home in Hounslow, West London.
His body was not found until eight months later, when they were discovered “by chance” near the M40 in Hedgerley on December 19, 2020. The court heard today that whilst his cause of death had not yet been ascertained, a post-mortem examination showed that “the hands had been tied and there had been burning to the body”.
Amraj Poonia, 26, of Farmfield Drive, Horley; Raneel Poonia, 25, of Whitehouse Way, Slough; and Gurditta Singh, 25, of Moreland Avenue, Slough, were formally charged on June 10 with his murder and perverting the course of justice.
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Prosecutor Louise Oakley told the court that in April 2019, Mohammed had come into a “very large quantity of cannabis”, a total of 23 kilos and was required to provide the money. Earlier that day, he had attended a police station where he had hoped to recover money that was being held there, but he had been unable to obtain it. At 3:19pm, he was caught on CCTV travelling along Derby Road before arriving at an industrial estate.
Ms Oakley continued: “CCTV on that industrial estate shows that he parked his vehicle outside R & J Plumbing. CCTV makes it clear that he entered those premises shortly afterwards. He’s never seen again. He walked into a trap.” It is believed that he was allegedly lured into a trap to obtain the quantity of drugs.
It is the Crown’s case that later that evening, Mohammed’s body was physically removed from the estate before being driven to Buckinghamshire. She continued: “It would certainly appear that the body was kept in a vehicle from May 7 until the early hours of May 10, when it was moved to the deposition site. The Crown would submit that at some point the body had been burned.”
His mobile phone and Audi were moved away from the area, with his bullet-ridden car being discovered by detectives on June 19. Mohammed’s family had made a number of public appeals asking for information, with his dad Gul-Khazam Subhani telling MyLondon: “If he has any enemies, if we have done anyone wrong ever, we are sorry.” Before he was killed, Mohammed, known as Shah to his loved ones, had been living with his family and had been expecting a baby with his partner.
After leaving the house on May 7, his family had expected him to return from a shopping trip in preparation for his sister’s upcoming wedding. The nuptials, which were due to take place on June 16, were cancelled. After his body was found in the woodlands, his family, including his newborn baby daughter, visited the site and laid flowers.
The three men have been remanded into custody with a plea hearing date scheduled for September 16.
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