A woman has appeared at Luton Magistrates court for the first time after being charged with the muder of her older sister.

Sabah Khan, 26, is accused of killing 34-year-old Saima Khan, who is believed to be her sister at their house in Overstone Road, Luton on Monday 23 May.

Khan, from Luton, was remanded in custody Wednesday morning and her case was sent straight to crown court where she will appear later this month. She appeared in course and kept her head bowed throughout the hearing, where she only spoke to confirm her name.

Mother of four Saima Khan was found lying in a pool of blood at their property at around 11.30pm after fellow family members returned from what is believed to have been a funeral.

No details of the case were heard, and Khan will appear at Luton Crown Court today on 6 June. Khan was arrested on Tuesday and she was charged on Wednesday after police were granted more time to question her.

Saima Khan’s husband Hafeez Rehman, a taxi driver, said the family’s hearts had been ‘torn apart’ and their four children deprived of their mother.

In a statement on Wednesday the force said: “Officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit have been investigating the murder after 34 year old Saima Khan was found dead in a property on Overstone Road on Monday 23 May.

“Sabah Khan, 26, of Overstone Road, Luton, was arrested yesterday and has now been charged with murder. She has been remanded in custody pending an appearance at Luton Magistrates Court in the morning.”