Two women and two men are charged over kidnap and murder of missing man, 39, whose body was found in wall cavity of locked-up former bank

  • Asghar Badshah, 39, found dead inside former Yorkshire Bank in Batley in 2019 
  • Police issued a fresh appeal as it emerged four have been charged over death 
  • Two people have been accused of murder and kidnap amid the ‘complex’ case 
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Asghar Badshah, 39, was found inside the former Yorkshire Bank in Batley in December 2019 after being reported missing

Asghar Badshah, 39, was found inside the former Yorkshire Bank in Batley in December 2019 after being reported missing

Two women and two men have charged over the kidnap and murder of a missing man who was found dead inside the wall cavity of a locked-up former bank.

Asghar Badshah, 39, was found inside the former Yorkshire Bank in Batley, West Yorkshire, in December 2019 after being reported missing.

Police had forced entry into the Commercial Street building and found Mr Badshah’s body inside a wall cavity of the bank – which had closed in 2016.

West Yorkshire Police today issued a fresh appeal for information as it emerged two men and two women were arrested in connection with the case on Thursday. 

Qaisar Shah, 36, from Bradford, was charged with murder, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to possess criminal property.

Sabbah Shahmuradi, 36, from Woking, is accused of murder and conspiracy to kidnap.  

Sobia Syed, 37, and Zaban Syed, 60, both from Bradford, are charged with conspiracy to possess criminal property.

All four defendants will appear at Leeds Magistrates Court later today.   

Detective Chief Inspector Heather Whoriskey, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘A major policing investigation has been underway into Mr Badshah’s kidnap and murder since 2019.

Police sealed off an area surrounding the bank in Batley, West Yorkshire in 2019 after they discovered Mr Badshah's body in a wall cavity

Police sealed off an area surrounding the bank in Batley, West Yorkshire in 2019 after they discovered Mr Badshah’s body in a wall cavity

‘We are continuing to follow a number of active lines of enquiry in what has been a long running and complex case.’

Mr Badshah was reported missing on December 4, 2019, and is understood to have last been seen in the early hours of November 30.

He was confirmed dead on December 31 after police identified a body they found inside a former bank in Batley, West Yorkshire.

In a statement, Mr Badshah’s family said: ‘We, as a family, are deeply shocked and devastated by the loss of our dear brother Asghar Badshah.

‘His beautiful smile and charisma, as well as his generosity, will never be forgotten.

‘We, as a family, please ask for privacy during our time of grief as our elderly mother is deeply upset at this time.

‘We pray for justice for Asghar and appeal to the public for any assistance they can provide to the police in this investigation.’

West Yorkshire Police ask anyone with information to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 101, referencing Operation Plumeham.  

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