TikTok star and mum guilty of murders of two men killed in high speed car chase

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Mahek Bukhari and her mother Ansreen Bukhari have been found guilty of murder (Image: TikTok)
Mahek Bukhari and her mother Ansreen Bukhari have been found guilty of murder (Image: TikTok)

TikTok influencer Mahek Bukhari and her mother Ansreen Bukhari have been found guilty of murder.

The pair were read the verdict today at Leicester Crown Court over the murders of Saqib Hussain and Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin, who died in a high-speed car chase in February 2022.

Jurors deliberated for more than 28 hours before returning a verdict finding YouTube and TikTok content creator Mahek Bukhari and her mother guilty of two counts of murder.

Prosecutors had argued during a three-month trial at Leicester Crown Court that Mr Hussain and Mr Ijazuddin were deliberately rammed off the road.

TikTok star and mum guilty of murders of two men killed in high speed car chase eidexiqreiqtrinvSaqib Hussain and Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin died in a high-speed car chase in February 2022 (SWNS)

Mahek Bukhari, 24, was said to have taken part in an "ambush" after Mr Hussain threatened to leak sexually explicit material to expose a long-running affair he had with her 46-year-old mother Ansreen. Prosecutors said Mr Hussain was "lured" into meeting with the Bukharis on the pretence of giving him back the £3,000 he said he had spent on taking his lover out during their affair.

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Mr Hussain and Mr Ijazuddin, who had driven his friend to Leicester for the meeting as a "favour", were instead ambushed and then chased before the fatal crash. The court was told Mr Ijazuddin's Skoda Fabia "split in two" and caught fire after hitting a tree at the Six Hills junction in the early hours of February 11 last year. Footage from police attending the crash scene at about 1.35am showed the Skoda in flames, resting against a tree by the junction.

TikTok star and mum guilty of murders of two men killed in high speed car chaseMahek Bukhari, right, and her mother Ansreen Bukhari (PA)

The pair's car had been rammed by an Audi TT belonging to TikTok star Mahek Bukhari, and a blue Seat Leon belonging to Natasha Akhtar.

In a 999 call to police made by front-seat passenger Mr Hussain moments before his death, he said their car was being 'rammed off the road' by balaclava-wearing assailants in two pursuing cars. In the recording, played to Leicester Crown Court in April, he was heard saying: "They're trying to kill me, they're trying to kill me. I'm just getting rammed off the road."

TikTok star and mum guilty of murders of two men killed in high speed car chaseSeven people have been convicted in connection with the incident (PA)

Seven people have been convicted in connection with the incident. Fellow defendants Rekhan Karwan and Raees Jamal were also found guilty of two counts of murder, while Natasha Akhtar, Ameer Jamal and Sanaf Gulamustafa were all found not guilty of murder, but guilty of two counts of manslaughter. Co-defendant Mohammed Patel was cleared of murder and manslaughter after having claimed to only be an unwitting witness to the events.

In a tribute released through police, the family of Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin said: "The day we found out Hashim had died, our world came crashing down. His death has changed everything.

"Everyone who knew Hashim, loved him. His death is not just a massive loss to our family but also to our whole community.

"Hashim was a cheeky young man who was always smiling, a handsome man who was beautiful both on the inside and out. He would do anything for anyone, was very caring and had a very kind heart.

"Hashim would always put others first and wouldn’t hesitate to help others if they needed it. On that tragic day, he was simply helping his friend and this resulted in his death."

Benedict Tetzlaff-Deas

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