Woman said 'I love you' to her cheating husband even as he battered her to death so he could sleep with her sister
Ahmed Dawood Seedat killed Fahima Yusuf in 2018 while their children slept in their home in Perth, West Australia, before burying her in their garden
A British mother who was battered to death by her husband mouthed "I love you" during her final moments before he eventually ended her life. In August 2018, 32-year-old Fahima Yusuf, from Bolton, was killed by 37-year-old Ahmed Dawood Seedat, while their children were asleep at their Perth, Western Australia residence, according to a Daily Mail report. It was reported that 37-year-old Seedat murdered his wife because he wanted to get into a relationship with her sister.
A judge in Australia sentenced him to 23 years in prison on Monday, May 27, calling the killing callous, cowardly, and brutal. Seedat had reportedly planned the murder of Fahima for weeks and had bad intentions from the start, Justice Bruno Fiannaca said. The judge said Seedat had conducted online searches for disturbing terms including the "best place to knock someone out", "cremating a body" and "burying someone alive". Fahima, Seedat's wife of eight years, was asleep when he struck her with a wheel brace.
Bernard Standish, the lawyer representing Seedat, told the court his client could no longer meet her "sexual demands" and had apparently lost attraction for his wife. During his interrogation on the night of the murder, Seedat told officers he killed her because she tried to come on to him.
According to the Canberra Times, Seedat had claimed his wife had become "sexually aggressive", which prompted him to attack. However, Justice Fiannaca ruled that it was implausible. The judge said while Fahima awoke after the first blow, she was vulnerable and easily overpowered by his relentless attack.
Seedat then proceeded to suffocate his wife to death and buried her in a pit that was dug out by a contractor, who was instructed that it was for a pool he was building for his children. In court, Seedat revealed his wife's final words to him were "I love you". Justice Fiannaca said Fahima sustained a number of lacerations to her head and body, and had sand in her mouth but not in her airways. The cause of death, however, is yet to be established.
Seedat lied to his friends and neighbors after Fahima's death that she had gone to the UK for eye surgery. When her sister asked about her whereabouts, Seedat told her she had left him. According to the report, Seedat had also asked a friend to call Fahima's father and impersonate a police officer.
According to Justice Fiannaca, this was part of Seedat's narcissistic personality that made him believe people would buy his fabricated story and he would eventually walk away scot-free. "It may have been technically clumsy but it was calculated behavior," he said. Four days after her death, Fahima was reported missing. Authorities recovered her body the following day.
The judge also highlighted that Seedat wanted to pursue a relationship with his sister-in-law. However, she considered him only as a brother. "You envisaged a future with your sister-in-law... you had become emotionally dependent on her," Fiannaca added. In a shocking revelation, it was learned that Seedat had also searched online the following: "Can you marry your brother-in-law if your sister is dead Muslim?" Apart from the above crimes, Seedat is also facing fraud charges wherein he allegedly swindled $5.7 million.
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