London (CNN) — In a trial that has been front-page news in Britain, a woman accused with her husband of killing their daughter in an alleged “honor murder” abruptly changed her defense this week and implicated her husband in the teen’s death.
Ifitkar Ahmed and his wife Farzana are on trial in Chester, England, accused of killing their daughter Shafilea, 17, (pictured left) in September 2003. They have pleaded not guilty.
Newspapers, television and radio have all been reporting on the prosecution case that Shafilea’s parents killed her because they felt her “western” lifestyle brought shame on the family.
On Monday, Farzana said she had seen her husband attack Shafilea. She said she tried to intervene to protect the girl, but that her husband pushed her away and punched her, CNN affiliate ITV reported.