FIBRES found on the jacket of a man accused of murder matched those discovered on the victim, a court heard.
Detailed evidence was given in court in the case of Sabira Alam, 20, in which the jury were told about the scientific tests carried out following the arrest of alleged killer Naveed Naeem.
But it was also confirmed that no blood had been found on his jacket and intimate samples were consistent with Naeem’s account that he had sex with his girlfriend Miss Alam on the morning of April 1 – days before her body was discovered on April 5.
Thirty-year-old Naeem, of New Street, Milnsbridge, denies murdering Sabira whose body was found in a roadside gully on moorland at Buckstones.
A forensic scientist told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that fibres found on Naeem’s jacket and in his mother’s VW Polo car matched fibres discovered on the murder victim.
The prosecution has alleged that Miss Alam, of Vernon Avenue, Greenhead, had her wrists bound and was gagged during the attack and the bindings were later cut off her body.
Forensic scientist Samantha Warnakulasuriya told the jury how microscopic examinations and other tests were carried out on various fragments of fibre found on the victim’s body, Naeem’s leather jacket and a pair of scissors from the glove compartment of the VW Polo.
Miss Warnakulasuriya said fibres found on the jacket were in keeping with fibres recovered from Miss Alam’s wrists and neck.
She said the fibre fragments found on the scissors were in keeping with them having been used to cut the bindings from Miss Alam.
The court heard that a blood mark on the scissors could also have been Miss Alam’s.
During cross-examination by Naeem’s barrister, Miss Warnakulasuriya confirmed that no blood had been found on his jacket and intimate samples were consistent with Naeem’s account that he had had sex with Miss Alam four days before her body was discovered.
Naeem told police that he had last seen Miss Alam when he dropped her off near her parents’ home.
The prosecution allege that Naeem was jealous and possessive and strangled Miss Alam.
The trial continues.