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Accused killer Meraj Zafar is seen sharing a tender moment with his teenage lover, before he allegedly killed her and dumped her body in an acid bath.

The grisly remains of 19-year-old Aminah Hayat were allegedly found in the couple’s bathtub filled with caustic chemicals in the unit they shared in western Sydney.

Court documents revealed that Zafar’s girlfriend may have been slumped in the bathtub for more than a day before she was found.

Prosecution documents reveal that police believe Ms. Hayat was killed between noon and 5pm on Saturday, more than 24 hours before police found her body.

Police stormed the apartment in North Parramatta on Sunday after neighbors reported hearing screams and concerned family members raised the alarm.

Accused killer Meraj Zafar (right) is seen in new footage as he shares a tender moment with his teenage lover Amina Hayat (left), before he allegedly killed her and dumped her body in an acid bath.

Accused killer Meraj Zafar is seen in new footage as he shares a tender moment with his teenage lover Aminah Hayat, before he allegedly killed her and dumped her body in an acid bath.

Detectives launched a manhunt for 20-year-old Meraj Zafar (pictured), who was seen fleeing the scene in his truck.  He later turned himself in to police on Monday and was charged with her murder.

Detectives launched a manhunt for 20-year-old Meraj Zafar (pictured), who was seen fleeing the scene in his truck. He later turned himself in to police on Monday and was charged with her murder.

In the couple’s salmon-pink bathroom in their two-bedroom unit rented for $320 a week, they allegedly found Ms. Hayat’s remains dissolving in the acid bath.

Detectives launched a manhunt for boyfriend Zafar, 20, who they saw fleeing the scene in his truck. He later turned himself in to police on Monday and was charged with her murder.

His lawyer, Mohamad Sakr, appeared in court on his behalf on Tuesday and said Zafar was ‘distressed’ at being in custody.

Locals remembered Ms. Hayat as an ideal neighbor, but they rarely spoke.

Next-door neighbor Ali Safari identified the couple in photos on social media, saying Aminah “seemed very happy” and was “smiling and nice.”

He added: ‘She was always playing music. She was quiet, I never spoke to her.

Meraj Zafar, 20, turned himself in to police on Monday after a manhunt for the bearded truck driver seen here.  He did not request bail and this Tuesday he was formally denied

Meraj Zafar, 20, turned himself in to police on Monday after a manhunt for the bearded truck driver seen here. He did not request bail and this Tuesday he was formally denied

The couple are said to have moved into the apartment (pictured) together last October.

The couple are said to have moved into the apartment (pictured) together last October.

Sakr did not apply for bail on Zafar’s behalf in court this morning and was formally denied by Judge Shane McAnulty.

Sakr said he did not know if the defendant would apply for bail when the case resumes in Parramatta Court on April 5. He said he could not comment on whether the accused had injuries or if he had the support of relatives.

“I had a chance to talk to him… it’s a question of whether he wants to fight the charges,” Sakr said.

Sakr praised his client for turning himself in to the police. “You have done the right thing by going to the police station,” Sakr said.

Lawyer Mohamad Sakr (pictured) told reporters outside court that his client Meraj Zafar is distraught after spending his first night behind bars.

Lawyer Mohamad Sakr (pictured) told reporters outside court that his client Meraj Zafar is distraught after spending his first night behind bars.

Police charged the man after a woman was allegedly found dead in an acid-filled bathroom (pictured) at the unit in western Sydney.

Police charged the man after a woman was allegedly found dead in an acid-filled bathroom (pictured) at the unit in western Sydney.

The defendant’s lawyer would not confirm whether he was married to Aminah Hayat or just her boyfriend, saying “he is someone who has a relationship with her.”

However, Daily Mail Australia was told the couple were not married and only in a relationship when they both signed the lease last October at the apartment where Ms Hayat’s body was found in the bathroom.

An estate agent said the couple “seemed like a normal young couple.”

Police officers outside the apartment complex on Monday.

Police officers outside the apartment complex on Monday.

On Monday, police released CCTV footage of a man, allegedly Zafar, driving a dump truck, sporting a dark beard and sunglasses, in the hope that he could help with investigations into Ms Hayat’s death.

A truck matching the police description was later found at Bunnings in Greenacre, south-west Sydney, and was seized by detectives for forensic testing.

Zafar turned himself in a short time later.

Evidence was seen being removed from the scene in special biohazard bags (pictured)

Evidence was seen being removed from the scene in special biohazard bags (pictured)

Parramatta Police Area Superintendent Julie Boon said police had found her body in the bathroom of the first-floor unit along with chemicals.

“The officers forced their way into the unit and inside the bathroom they found the body of a woman,” he said.

‘I can confirm that chemicals were found inside the unit bathroom. I can’t confirm what they were.

“The scene was very challenging for the arriving police. When they arrived and found chemicals in the unit, they withdrew and called other units.’

Zafar will return to court in April.


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