A TikTok influencer murdered his mother’s 21-year-old lover who blackmailed him with a sex tape, a court has heard.
Saqib Hussain and his friend Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin, both 21, were killed when their Skoda crashed into a tree after Mehek Bukhari, 23, hatched a plot with others to ‘set a trap “, prosecutors said.
The vehicle was “virtually split in two” by the impact and then burst into flames just after midnight on February 11.
Just before his death, front passenger Mr Hussain called police on 999, saying Mr Ijazuddin’s silver Skoda Fabia was ‘blocked’ and rammed by assailants wearing balaclavas who were following them in two cars.
In a recording of the call played at Leicester Crown Court, he said: “They’re trying to get us off the road. Please, I’m begging you, I’m going to die.”
He also said “Oh my God”, before there was a scream and the call cut off at the sound of an impact.
Police footage from the scene showed the Skoda in flames in the central reserve of the A46 dual carriageway near the Six Hills Junction near Leicester.
The pair, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, had been friends since school. Mr Ijazuddin had agreed to drive his friend to Leicester that night – described as a ‘fatal mistake which cost him his life’ by prosecutors.
Collingwood Thompson KC, prosecuting, said Mr Hussain’s 999 call was a key indicator that the accident “was not just a tragic motor vehicle accident, but a deliberate murder”.
Ansreen Bukhari and her daughter Mahek Bukhari, of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, deny the murder.
Mr Hussain’s family later told detectives he had a three-year affair with Ansreen Bukhari, 45, who is married and a father.
Mr. Hussain had recorded “sexually explicit” material, the prosecutor said, and videos and photos of the couple were found on Mr. Hussain’s Instagram account.
When Ms Bukhari tried to end the relationship in January against Mr Hussain’s wishes, he “became increasingly obsessive, professing his love for her”, Mr Thompson said.
After Ms Bukhari failed to return his calls, Mr Thompson said Mr Hussain’s anger ‘came out in an attempt to blackmail Ansreen Bukhari in order to persuade her to contact him’ and threatened to ‘send the sexually explicit material to her husband and son unless she agrees. to talk to him.
Ms Bukhari confided in her daughter about the attempted blackmail, and Mr Thompson told jurors it exposed a possible motive to ‘shut up’ Mr Hussain.
Mahek Bukhari, known as Maya, had 126,000 followers on TikTok and 43,000 on Instagram before her arrest, posting regular updates on her handbags, clothes and makeup.
On January 4, she messaged her mother saying, “I’m going to blow some guys on him soon and he won’t know what day it is.”
Later, she texted her mom, “Leave it to me.”
The women appeared in court alongside Rekan Karwan, 28, from Leicester, and Raees Jamal, 22, from Loughborough, both of whom allegedly recruited others including Natasha Akhtar, 22, from Birmingham, who owned one of the cars involved in the chase.
Sanaf Gulammustafa, 22, Ameer Jamal, 27, and Mohammed Patel, 20, all from Leicester, are also in the dock.
The three women and five men deny two charges of murder and two alternative charges of manslaughter. The trial continues.