Inquest into Death of Brentford Model Delayed

Family 'devastated' after Sahar Daftary inquest adjourned

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The family of 23 year old, Sahar Daftary, the Brentford based model who plunged to her death in 2008 have been left 'distraught' after the inquest into her death was adjourned.

Miss Daftary's mother and sister were due to give evidence inquest scheduled at Bolton Coroner's Court. The family claim the police investigation was flawed and they have appointed their own investigators to look at the case.

Richard Slade, solicitor for the family, said after legal papers were served to the coroner's court, Greater Manchester Police asked the court to be represented at the hearing as an "interested party" meaning the proceedings had to be postponed.

He said: "The family are very concerned. It is already three years since her death. It is an extraordinary state of affairs. The family is distraught."

The former 'Miss Face of Asia' died after falling from the balcony of a flat in Salford Quays Manchester.

Her family issued a statement saying, "The family are devastated at the tragic loss of Sahar. She had booked a flight to Dubai to celebrate her 24th birthday on Christmas Day with five friends. We firmly believe there is no way she would have committed suicide."

Her family believe that the explanation for her death could lie with the acrimonious relationship she had with property developer Rashid Jamil. The pair had 'married' in a ceremony in Brentford at the Holiday Inn a year ago but the legality of the marriage became unclear when it emerged that Mr. Jamil was still married to another woman who had only recently given birth to his child.

Ms. Daftary had moved north to Manchester with Mr. Jamil, giving up her job as a personal shopper, but had returned to London when the relationship deteriorated. It has been reported in a national newspaper that at this time pornographic videos of Ms. Daftary were posted on the internet.

Police have said that their initial findings suggest that the fall was an accident or suicide. Mr. Jamil was questioned by police and later released without being charged.

December 24, 2008