Page last updated at 17:12 GMT, Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Suitcase murder accused hanged

Sylwia Sobczak
Victim Sylwia Sobczak, 26, was Polish but had been living in London

A man accused of murdering his girlfriend and dumping her body in a suitcase confessed to the murder before hanging himself, an inquest has heard.

Ziaul Haque, 27, of north London, was found hanging at Winchester Prison on 28 July 2008.

He was accused of murdering Sylwia Sobczak, 26, whose burnt body was found in a suitcase in the village of Dummer, Hampshire, on 8 May 2008.

Mr Haque's cellmate Wayne Downer said he had confessed to the killing.

Mr Downer told the inquest he was "disgusted" by Haque's admission.

'Blacked Out'

He said: "He kept changing solicitors saying he was not guilty then he confessed to me exactly what he had done because he had been caught on CCTV.

"He thought he would get away with it, then he realised he wouldn't.

He had strangled her with the iron cord and hid her body under the bed for a few days
Wayne Downer

"He said he had taken his girlfriend Sylwia back to his flat, I remember him saying he had mangos for lunch with her.

"She had said she had kissed another bloke, had sex with another bloke and he had an argument with her, he blacked out and the next minute she was dead.

"He had strangled her with the iron cord and hid her body under the bed for a few days.

"He found a spot to hide the body, put her in a suitcase, put litres of fuel over the body and set fire to it and drove off.

"I was disgusted by it, I can't get it out of my head."

Mr Downer said when he left the cell on the day Mr Haque died, Mr Haque said to him: "See you later mate, enjoy your next 20 years."

The hearing continues.

Print Sponsor

Murder suspect inquest to resume
17 Nov 09 |  England
Dumped remains death was unlawful
15 Oct 08 |  Hampshire
Murder suspect found dead in cell
29 Jul 08 |  Hampshire
Man in court over suitcase murder
19 May 08 |  Hampshire
Man charged over burnt body death
18 May 08 |  Hampshire

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific