TikTok star Mahek Bukhari set a trap for mums ex-lover, murder trial told

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Two friends killed in a crash ‘sensed they were being set up’ moments before their car hit a tree, causing it to break in two and burst into flames, a court heard. TikTok star Mahek Bukhari and her mother Ansreen are among eight people standing trial for the murders of Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin and Saqib Hussain in the early hours of February 11 this year – they all deny the charge.

In a 999 call played to Leicester Crown Court, Saqib Hussain pleaded with the operator for help, saying two cars were trying to ram the Skoda Fabia he was travelling in off the road:”They’re trying to kill me,” he said. “I’m going to die!”

The call cut out when the car crashed, LeicestershireLive reports. Both men, aged 21, from Banbury in Oxfordshire, were pronounced dead at the scene on the A46 close to Six Hills in Leicestershire.

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Collingwood Thompson KC, prosecuting, opened the case today (October 27) and told the court Saqib had been in a relationship with Ansreen. When she ended it, he allegedly threatened to send sexually explicit material to her husband and son unless she spoke to him. The court was told he also claimed he had spent more than £2,000 on Ansreen during their three-year affair and demanded it back.

The court heard influencer Mahek then sent messages to her mum, Ansreen, 45, of George Eardley Close, Stoke-on-Trent, which said: “I’ll soon get him jumped by guys and he won’t know what day it is” and “Leave it to me, he tries to scare you.”

Mr Thompson said the deal was that Saqib would not release the explicit pictures and videos of Ansreen if he got paid. He added: “They set a trap that seems to have been hatched on the afternoon of February 10. The idea was to lure Saqib into a meeting.

“If he was not prepared to hand the phone over they were willing to cause him a serious injury, if not silence him completely.”

Messages show that at about 8pm Saqib was about to set off for Stoke-on-Trent. Mr Thompson said the threat that he would turn up at the family home “was something they could not risk”.

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Instead, Mahek, 23, of George Eardley Close, Stoke, allegedly put him off by offering to meet with him in Leicestershire. The court heard at around 9.15pm, Saqib was trying to find out where she wanted to meet but was waiting for a location after she told him she’s “sorted money”.

The jury heard a phone call was made between Saqib and Mahek at 10.23pm. At 11.30pm, Mahek got into her Audi TT with her mother, Ansreen in the passenger seat – caught on the family’s own CCTV. By 11.50pm, when there’s another call between them, Mahek is near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, while Saqib has reached Coventry.

Shortly before the fatal crash, which happened at about 1.20am, the court heard Mahek and her mum drove to the Tesco Hamilton car park with co-defendants Rekan Karwan, 28, of Tomlin Road, Leicester, and Mohammed Patel, 20, of Braybrooke Road, Leicester, in their Audi TT with them. It parked next to a blue Seat Leon, which contained the others – Ammeer Jamal, 27, of Catherine Street, Leicester, and his cousin Raees Jamal, 22, of Lingdale Close, Loughborough, Sanaf Gulammustafa, 22, of Littlemore Close, Leicester, and Natasha Akhtar, 22, of Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, who was the registered owner of the Seat.

The jury heard that Hashim – who had known Saqib since school – agreed to drive his friend to Leicestershire, which Mr Thompson described as a “fatal mistake that cost him his life”. Further CCTV from the car wash showed the Skoda …


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