A 21-year-old Pakistani woman, who was pregnant, was allegedly smothered to death by her husband and his parents, who later claimed she may have been killed by an evil spirit, a British court has heard.

Nalia Mumtaz was born in Pakistan and entered into an arranged marriage with her husband- then a student at Wolverhampton University- in August 2007. She came to Britain for the first time in May 2008 and moved into his parents' three-bedroom home in Birmingham, the Daily Mail reported.

Mrs Mumtaz was pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital by paramedics who found her lying lifeless on a bed at the family home in July 2009.

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