Police searching for missing woman find body in River Thames

Detectives searching for a missing woman from East London, Suma Begum, have recovered a body from the River Thames.

Suma, 24, was reported missing from an address in Tower Hamlets on April 30.

Her husband, Aminan Rahman, 45, was charged with her murder on May 4 at the Old Bailey.

Tom Broomfield, prosecuting, told the court: “It is alleged that he either killed or incapacitated Ms Begum, placed her or her body in a suitcase which he then dumped into the River Lea, part of the River Thames.”

The Met Police confirmed a body had been recovered in Thamesmead following a call from a member of the public shortly after 10am on Wednesday.

Formal identification is yet to take place but Ms Begum’s family has been updated, the Met said. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

Aminan Rahman will next appear on July 25 at the Old Bailey.

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Poplar and Limehouse MP Apsana Begum said: “Absolutely devastated to learn of the murder of my constituent Suma Begum. My thoughts are with all of Suma’s loved ones at this most difficult time.”

And Tower Hamlets councillor Ohid Ahmed said: “Deeply saddened by the murder of E14 resident, Suma Begum. Horrifying reminder that more needs to be done to address misogyny and violence against women.

“Mayor takes immediate action and allocate resources to ensure the safety of all women in our borough.”

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