A “psycho” builder has been found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering 20-year-old Celine Dookhran in Kingston last year.

Mujahid Arshid, 33, was also found guilty of the kidnap, rape and attempted murder of another woman, who cannot be named, as well as of sexually assaulting her when she was 13.

In July 2017, he attacked the pair at a house he was renovating in Coombe Lane West, raped both of them and slit their throats before stuffing Ms Dookhran’s body in the freezer.

Speaking to police from her hospital bed, the surviving woman said: “He molested Celine's body while she was dead and then he molested me thinking I was dead. He's such a psycho."

She managed to escape after telling Arshid they could run away together.

Afterwards, Arshid, of Homefield Gardens in Mitcham, had a furious WhatsApp row with his wife, Aisha Kalyansingh, who demanded to know where her Ms Dookhran was.

Arshid said he was running away and would be in touch when he reached Pakistan, but Ms Kalyansingh told him: "You're dead to me."

He was arrested at a hotel in Folkestone, Kent, still in possession of the key to a padlock he had left on the freezer.

Giving evidence, he claimed the surviving woman killed Ms Dookhran in a fit of jealousy after he had consensual sex with both of them.

But an examination of Ms Dookhran's body was at odds with his account.

She had a sock stuffed in her mouth and the knife that cut her throat had also sliced through tape wound around her head.

Arshid was convicted at the Old Bailey today (February 14), following 14 hours of deliberation by the jury, who also cleared his co-accused, 28-year-old Vincent Tappu, of kidnapping charges.

The surviving woman wept in court, but asked others to hold back their emotions.

Her family said in a statement: "Mujahid Arshid tried to destroy the life of the surviving victim ever since she met him; he has manipulated and lied repeatedly, and continued this throughout the trial. Mujahid Arshid persistently fabricated the truth and attempted to deceive the courts.

"Arshid, by pleading not guilty, ensured that the surviving victim would have to relive that horrific day in minuscule detail during the course of this trial. He showed not an ounce of remorse throughout this trial, in spite of the hurt and pain he purposefully caused. He should hang his head in shame."

They also paid tribute to Ms Dookhran, saying: "She was an amazingly brilliant, talented, kind, loving and innocent person. She will be always remembered and loved."