A mother-of-four was brutally murdered by her husband after she continued to see a friend he forbade her from visiting, a court has heard.
Sinead Wooding, 26, was found dead in woodland in Leeds earlier this year. Her husband, Akshar Ali, is on trial for her murder.
A court heard this week how Ms Wooding had converted to the Muslim faith before meeting Ali, who she married in an Islamic ceremony in February 2015.
But the couple had a ‘volatile’ relationship and Ali ordered her not to visit family members and a female friend, Leeds Crown Court heard.
Ali, 27, and his friend Yasmin Ahmed are on trial for murdering Ms Wooding in a knife and hammer attack. The victim’s mother-in-law and brother-in-law are accused of helping to dispose of her body.
The court heard Ms Wooding had started to convert to the Islamic faith and changed her name to Zakirah before she met Ali, who worked on a food stall at Leeds indoor market.
The court heard the couple signed a marriage contract after an Islamic Nikah ceremony in February 2015.
Her burnt body was then discovered in woodland in the Adel area of Leeds on Sunday May 14.
She had been stabbed several times and struck repeatedly about the head.
A Home Office pathologist concluded several skull fractures were caused by at least one claw hammer.
It is thought that before taking her body into the woods to set it ablaze it was kept for two days in Ahmed’s cellar, the court heard.
Prosecutor Mr Campbell said a blood stain on the cellar floor along with numerous blood spots on walls matched Sinead’s DNA.
A neighbour spotted two people loading the body of a mother-of-four wrapped in a carpet into a car, a jury was told.