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Man in court over sister murders

Sabrina and Yasmine Larbi-Cherif
The women's bodies were found on Monday evening by police

A 28-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of two sisters found dead at their Birmingham flat.

Algerian-born Yasmine Larbi-Cherif, 22, and younger sister Sabrina, 19, were found dead at Jupiter Apartments near the city centre on Monday.

Both women had died of stab wounds, tests revealed.

Mohammed Ali, of Old Snowhill, Birmingham, spoke only to confirm his name and address at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.

'Eternal gardens'

There was no application for bail and he was remanded into custody.

He will appear at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday.

The sisters were British nationals and had only lived in their flat for a few weeks.

Their family live in the Wembley area of north-west London.

A statement released on behalf of the women's father on Saturday morning said: "I am a very proud and dignified man and am praying to God that he grants Yasmine and Sabrina his blessing and hosts them in his eternal gardens of heaven."

Man charged with sisters' murders
20 Sep 08 |  West Midlands

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