Jury in Mwanahanisi Mruke slavery case now sent out

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Saeeda Khan
THE jury in the case of illegal enslavement brought against 68-year old Harrow pensioner, Saeede Khan has been sent out.

Saeeda Khan, 68, has been accused of illegally engaging Mwanahanisi Mruke as a domestic servant treating her inhumanely.

The retired doctor allegedly trafficked her into the UK and kept her as a ‘modern day slave’ for more than three years, the court was told.

According to the prosecution, Saeeda Khan, 68, forced Mwanahanisi Mruke to sleep on the kitchen floor of her suburban London home and made her work from 5am until 11pm, jurors heard.

After bringing her into the country from Tanzania, she initially gave her an allowance of just £10 a month, before ceasing to pay her altogether, prosecutors said.

Khan fed her two slices of bread a day and kept her at her beck and call by ringing a bell she kept in her bedroom, Southwark Crown Court heard.

It is further claimed she stopped Miss Mruke, 47, leaving the house in Harrow, north west London, monitored her calls to her family and prevented her attending her parents’ funerals.

Prosecutor Caroline Haughey told Southwark Crown Court that Miss Mruke worked at a hospital in Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania on the East African coast, which Kahn owned.

Khan offered her the chance to move to the UK as a domestic servant, telling her she would work six hours a day.

It was agreed that Miss Mruke’s daughter in Tanzania would be paid 120,000 Tanzanian Shillings a month: equivalent to £50, while she herself would receive a £10 allowance in London.
But although the arrangement was initially honoured following her arrival in the UK in October 2006, Khan stopped paying after the first year.

However last week in her defence,Dr Saeeda denied the allegations claiming the African ladt entered into agreement before she was taken to the UK. She claimed she had always lived a happy life under her roof and all she heard at the court was just strange to her

She claims The 47-year-old Tanzanian was “smiling, happy and cheerful” in her Whitmore Road home and denies one count of trafficking people for exploitation.
The jury, at Southwark Crown Court, were sent out on Monday afternoon.