Man appears in court charged with murder of woman stabbed to death while pushing pram

By John Mercury April 11, 2024

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman who was killed while pushing her baby in a pram.

Habibur Masum has also been charged with possession of a bladed article.

The 25-year-old – from Burnley – was remanded in custody following a six-minute hearing at Bradford Magistrates’ Court.

Near the scene of the stabbing in Bradford
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Ms Akter died after being stabbed in Westgate, Bradford, on 6 April

Masum was flanked by three security guards and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

He was clean shaven and wearing a grey sweatshirt.

Kulsuma Akter died after being stabbed in Bradford on Saturday afternoon while getting food to break her Ramadan fast.

The 27-year-old was taken to hospital but died from her injuries.

Video from the scene showed Ms Akter’s baby still in the pram, being looked after by police and her mother’s friends.

Her cousin Aftab Miah told Sky News: “She was a loving sister. She was very caring and humble. She made people laugh.”

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Near the scene of the stabbing in Bradford

Masum was arrested 150 miles away in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on Tuesday morning.

Police previously carried out raids across Burnley, Oldham and Chester as part of the investigation.

Four other men arrested in Aylesbury on suspicion of assisting an offender and drug offences remain in custody.

Detectives said they are aged 23, 26, 28 and 29 – and from the West Midlands area.

A 23-year-old man arrested in the Cheshire area – also on suspicion of assisting an offender – has been released on bail.

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