A MAN suspected of murdering his girlfriend told detectives he was shocked and surprised by his arrest.
Naveed Naeem, who denies murdering 20-year-old former beauty student Sabira Alam, told officers investigating her death that he initially thought her reported disappearance might be prank.
Naeem was asked how he felt when he was arrested on the evening of Sunday April 5 this year.
He told police during an interview: “Well it was pretty shocking. I was surprised for that tohappen.”
He added that when he saw the police he thought they wanted to ask him more questions about Sabira.
“I’m watching my mum collapse to the floor and I’m thinking what is going on here,” he added.
Yesterday a jury at Bradford Crown Court began hearing evidence from a dozen police interviews with the 30-year-old following his arrest.
Naeem, of New Street, Milnsbridge, was arrested by police within hours of Miss Alam’s body being found in a roadside gully in the Buckstones area.
He maintained in his first police interview that he had not murdered his girlfriend in the early hours of April 2 when he dropped her off near her home in Vernon Avenue, Greenhead.
Naeem said they had planned to go to the cinema that night, but after an argument on the way they had driven around for a while before he dropped her off.
Later that day Naeem said he had travelled over to his aunt’s in Manchester where he spent the next two nights.
He told the officers that he got a text message from one of Sabira’s sisters saying she was missing and asking if she was with him.
“At first I thought it was just a joke,” Naeem said.
He said it was hard to keep in touch because his phone was not charged up and he was trying to find out if it was for real.
During another call Naeem said he was told that Sabira had not been home and he suggested contacting one of her friends via Facebook.
He said he then began to think it was a bit more serious than he thought.
“I mean she [her sister] was telling me she had been reported a missing person but I was still kind of hoping it was some kind of stupid prank they were playing,” he said.
After two nights away he decided it was not a joke and came back to Huddersfield to find out what was going on.
He said he went to the police on the evening of Saturday April 4 and told them what he knew about the last time he saw Sabira and then spent the next day at home.
Miss Alam’s body had been found by a dog-walker on Sunday April 5. She had been strangled.
The trial continues.