Woman arrested in probe of doctor and girl, 14, ‘raped and murdered’ before house fire

Woman arrested in probe of doctor and girl, 14, ‘raped and murdered’ before house fire


A 44-year-old woman has been arrested in the probe of a doctor and her daughter, 14, who were allegedly raped and murdered.

Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and her daughter, Vian Mangrio, were found at their home in Burnley, Lancs., on October 1.

Police arrested two men in their 50s, with officers confirming the arrest of a woman on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and aiding and abetting murder.

She is currently in custody being quizzed by investigators.

Earlier this week, men aged 51 and 56 from Burnley were arrested on suspicion of rape, murder and arson.

The older man was released without charge, while the other remains in custody.

Police have already revealed Dr Sacharvi died from pressure to the neck following an assault.

Vian’s body was found badly burned inside the property.

There was evidence of smoke and fire damage inside the property, cops say.

The post-mortem investigation remains ongoing for her daughter, so a cause of death has not yet been established.

Speaking earlier in the week, Detective superintendent Jon Holmes, from Lancashire Police, said: “We are continuing to ask anybody with information about this incident to get in touch with us.

“If you were in the area and saw something suspicion, think you have dashcam or CCTV from the area or have any other information, we would ask you to contact us straight away.”

Colleagues of Dr Sacharvi revealed how she had “gone out of her way” to help patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

And tributes were paid to bright student Vian by her headteacher who said she was “shocked and heartbroken” by the deaths.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101, quoting log 0429 of October 3rd.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.


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