A man has been charged by police after a newlywed woman fell 800 ft to her death from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh during a holiday with her husband to celebrate her birthday.
The 27-year-old man was later charged in connection with the incident and was expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday 6 September.
Fawziyah Javed, who would have celebrated her 32nd birthday on Saturday and was also believed to have been pregnant, tragically fell to her death from the hill at about 9pm on Thursday 2 September
Police, paramedics and fire crews raced to the scene in Holyrood Park, but the 31-year-old, from West Yorkshire, could not be saved.
Police said they were treating her death as suspicious and had arrested a 27-year-old man.
Ms Javed, who married last December, had celebrated her wedding with a party for family and friends just days before the fall.
The celebration is believed to have taken place at the Aakash Restaurant in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire a few days before she travelled to Scotland with her 27-year-old husband, Anwar Kashif, by train at the start of the week.
A source said that she was thought to be in the early stages of pregnancy before her death.
Fawziyah worked as an employment lawyer at Lyons Davidson Solicitors in Leeds, specialising in indirect discrimination and was heavily involved in charity work before getting married late last year.
Her employers and Managing Director Mark Saville said: “Fawziyah Javed had a bright start to her legal career at Lyons Davidson Solicitors, working as a paralegal in employment, training with the business and then qualifying as an Employment Solicitor in March 2020. She made a great impression with both her colleagues and customers winning Newcomer of the Year in 2016 and in July of this year was again recognised for the support and assistance she gave other teams during the pandemic. Fawziyah was a successful lawyer, a great colleague, and a good friend to many in the business. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”
CEO of the Intouch Foundation who provide food for the homeless, said:
“Fawziyah started volunteering for InTouch in late 2015, her passion to help those in need was evident from the start. A genuine and very kind-hearted, person that was liked by both volunteers and our service users.
“Fawziyah eventually became the site manager at InTouch Bradford and then moved on to set up and manage an amazing team at InTouch Leeds.
“We are shocked to hear about the loss and tragic circumstances, our prayers are with her family during this difficult time.”
Uniformed officers from West Yorkshire Police are believed to have been searching a property in Pudsey, between Bradford and Leeds, on Friday afternoon as part of an investigation into the fatal fall.
Police Scotland confirmed that a man had been arrested as part of their enquiries. A spokesperson said: “We received a report that a woman had fallen from Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, around 9pm on Thursday.
“The 31-year-old woman died at the scene a short time later and her death is being treated as suspicious. A 27-year-old man has been arrested and inquiries are ongoing.”
West Yorkshire Police were contacted for comment.
Tributes have been pouring in for the much loved legal professional
Fawziyah’s uncle Zareef Zaf Latif posted a tribute on Facebook, stating: “Fawziyah, our precious niece, taken away from us way too soon. Have so many memories of you as a little girl. Will miss you so much. May Allah grant you a special place in Jannat. I hope the angels take care of you until we meet again.”
On Janaza Announcements (an Islamic bereavement announcements portal) Facebook page Waqas Tariq wrote: “My dearest university friend I cannot believe what I am reading. You had so much to give but this world did not deserve you. Allah wanted you and he took you back. You’re freed from the misery of this world. May Allah grant you jannah ul firdous and elevate your status.”
Her cousin Waseem Khan wrote: “My beautiful cousin, you were like the older sister I never had.”
Ridwana Wallace-Laher Fundraising Manager at Zaimah said: “I had the pleasure of volunteering alongside Fawziyah and her mum and the rest of the team. This is really shocking news. Prayers for the family”
Detective Inspector Bob Williamson said: “Fawziyah’s family ask for their privacy to be respected during this extremely difficult time.
“I’d like to thank the officers and partners who attended the scene on Thursday evening and have assisted with our ongoing enquiries.”