Viewers of the Honor were sick tonight after Keeley Hawes' DCI revealed to Caroline Goode that Banaz Mahmod's killers "brag and laugh" for "stomping their necks and them" in the emotional first episode of ITV's terrifying new drama rape".
44-year-old bodyguard Keeley plays the detective who brought five murderers to justice in the tragic true story of the 20-year-old who was slaughtered by her own family for falling in love with a man of her choice.
ITV's new two-part drama tells the powerful story of DCI Caroline Goode's passionate search for the fate of Banaz, an Iraqi Kurdish woman from south London after she disappeared. Her father, uncle, and two cousins were later convicted of her murder.
At today's premiere, viewers at home saw one of the killers – Mohammed Hama, who had been arrested – boast about the murder when he called his friends unaware that his calls were being monitored by police.
Viewers were quick to respond to the debut program, writing, "It is deeply troubling to boast about killing your own family."
Viewers were sick after Keeley Hawes' DCI revealed to Caroline Goode that Banaz Mahmod's killers were found "bragging and laughing" about "pounding their necks and raping" in the emotional first episode of ITV's new drama Honor. Pictured: The audience at home saw one of the killers – Mohammed Hama, laughing at the murder on the phone
Another horrified viewer wrote: & # 39; B ***** ds. That's awful. The poor girl. & # 39;
A third added, "I don't know the story behind this, but the people who murdered this girl are disgusting, horrible people."
Tonight's episode, DCI Goode was spotted looking for the woman after young Kurdish immigrant Rahmat Sulemani (played by Moe Bar-El) reported the disappearance of his girlfriend Banaz.
She had left her husband last year for alleged physical and sexual abuse and had returned to live with her parents in Merton, south London. In real life, her estranged husband was never charged with any Banaz-related crime.
Viewers were quick to respond to the debut program, writing, "It is deeply troubling to kill your own family."
Detective in real life: Keeley on left in character and Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode on right
She subsequently started a relationship with Rahmat, who told the police that it was a shame for the community for a Kurdish woman to leave her husband, and especially after she picked a "love match".
On the show, Rahmat claimed that Banaz & # 39; bullying uncle Ari Mahmod threatened to kill him and his girlfriend, and Banaz & # 39; Father made serious attempts in her life.
DCI Goode was also spotted that the police failed to help the young woman five times when she had detailed death threats and even attempts in her life.
The detective overheard a police officer failing to believe Banaz's father tried to kill her after piled her with alcohol and instead registered her injuries as self harm.
"Now it's five times that Banaz has come to help us and five times we've failed them and I can't even blame the men," yelled DCI Goode.
Banaz is played in the drama by Buket Komur. Pictured: Komur on screen as Banaz when describing the abuse she suffered in a previous police interview
In the aftermath of tonight, DCI Goode (pictured right) was seen searching for the woman after the young Kurdish immigrant Rahmat Sulemani (pictured left) (played by Moe Bar-El) reported the disappearance of his girlfriend Banaz
On the show, Rahmat claimed Banaz & # 39; bullying uncle Ari Mahmod threatened to kill him and his girlfriend, and Banaz & # 39; Father (pictured on the far left of the front door) have made serious attempts in her life
Banaz even gave the police a list of suspects in case she went missing, and eventually one of the men, Mohammed Hama, came in for questioning and insisted, "I don't know."
But what he said did not match and he was charged with the murder of Banaz later tonight. DCI Goode requested that all his calls be recorded.
A translator soon conveyed the news that the killers were "boasting and laughing" over the phone, which they were doing.
DCI Goode burst into tears as he read the transcript that said, “We hit her, for her, Mohammed put the cord around her neck and gave it to me.
I held the string so tight and stamped her neck as well. I said let her soul be released. It didn't take more than four or five minutes. She didn't make a sound. & # 39;
Left to right picture: Mohammed Ali, Omar Hussain and Mahmod were found guilty of murdering Banaz, 20, in 2006 after falling in love with a man whom their family disapproved of
Following this, DCI Goode announced to her team that she now believes Banaz was "killed on the living room floor of her childhood home and this is now a homicide investigation."
The audience then saw Banaz father Mahmod arrested for her murder.
Other actors involved in the series include Waj Ali, Ahd, Rhianne Barreto, Michael Jibson and Robby Haynes.
The honor was written by Gwyneth Hughes of Vanity Fair and directed by Richard Laxton from Mrs. Wilson. Keeley has also served as executive producer.
Talking about the ITV drama based on real-life events, Keeley said, & # 39; It's a privilege to be working on Honor as the Buddy Club's first project.
“At a time when honor killings are still widespread, it's important to shed light on such an important issue. The story of Banaz Mahmod and the subsequent DCI Goode investigation certainly needs to be told, and I am proud to be a part of it. & # 39;
Who was Banaz Mahmod?
Banaz Mahmod, 20, an Iraqi Kurd from south London, was raped and killed on the orders of her father Mahmod Mahmod in January 2006 after she left her alleged abusive husband and fell in love with another man, Rahmat Sulemani, whom her family had disagreed with .
She was raped, tortured, and strangled to death with a shoelace after breaking out of a marriage that she had entered into only three years earlier at the age of 17.
Her body was put in a suitcase and taken to the Midlands before being buried in a makeshift grave in a garden in Handsworth, Birmingham.
Banaz Mahmod (picture), 20, an Iraqi Kurd from south London, was raped and killed in January 2006 on the orders of her father Mahmod Mahmod
After a three month trial at the Old Bailey, her father Mahmod Mahmod was found guilty of murder in 2007 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Meanwhile, her uncle Ari Mahmod was also found guilty of the murder and sentenced to 23 years.
Mohamad Hama also admitted murder and was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison.
Three years later, Banaz's cousins, Omar Hussain and Mohamad Saleh Ali, who committed the murder, were extradited from Iraq and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The young woman's nightmare when she was forced to marry a then 28-year-old Kurd, whom she later told the police were "very strict".
She had only met her future husband three times before their wedding day and, according to Banaz, she was regularly subjected to physical and sexual abuse by her husband.
Her estranged husband has never been charged with any Banaz-related crime.
From December 2005 to January 2006, Banaz reported to police five times that her family wanted her dead and described the sexual violence she allegedly endured by her abusive husband.
In a taped interview with police before her death, Banaz told an official that she was being persecuted by members of the Iraqi Kurdish community.
Mr. Sulemani never recovered from the death of his beloved friend and committed suicide in 2016 after he reportedly told police that there was "no life" for him.
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