Influencer killed mother’s 21-yr-old ex boyfriend for blackmailing her with sex tape

Influencer killed mother’s 21-yr-old ex boyfriend for blackmailing her with sex tape
Mahek Bukhari along with her mother Ansreen have been accused of the killings (Instagram/TikTok)

LEICESTER, UK: A TikTok influencer along with her mother and six others allegedly killed a man and his friend in a high-speed car crash, a court was told. Influencer Mahek Bukhari, her 45-year-old mother Ansreen Bukhari, and six other people have been pressed with murder and an alternative count of manslaughter charges in connection with the killings of Ansreen's former lover Saqib Hussain, 21, and his friend Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin.

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As per reports, Hussain was allegedly trying to extort money from Ansreen by blackmailing her with inappropriate pictures and videos. The Leicester Crown Court was told all the accused came together to kill Hussain. The mother-daughter duo allegedly asked the victim to meet them and take $3461 (£3k). But before the meeting, Hussain and Ijazuddin were chased by two vehicles and they fatally crashed into a tree on the A46 close to Six Hills in Leicestershire.

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It has also been alleged that Mahek had texted her mother, saying, “I'll soon get him jumped by guys and he won't know what day it is,” before the fatal accident. Prosecutor Colingwood Thompson KC told the jurors, “This is a story of love, obsession, anger, attempt at extortion and ultimately murder. A way had to be found to silence Saqib - either by causing him a really serious injury to warn him or to silence him forever by killing him.”

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“The revelation of the affair could have ruined Asreen Bukhari's marriage and damaged her reputation in her community. It could also have affected Mahek's relationship with her father because she knew about the affair. Mahek was a social influencer and had a large number of followers on TikTok and the revelations of the affair might have been damaging to her standing with her followers,” the prosecutor noted.

Thompson explained, “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. Once at that meeting, he would be confronted with numerical superiority and it was hoped he would hand the phone over. If he was not prepared to hand the phone over they were willing to cause him a serious injury, if not silence him completely.”

The 999 call, which Hussain had dialed on the tragic day, reportedly heard him saying, “I'm being followed by two vehicles. They're trying to block me in. They've got balaclavas on. They're trying to ram me off the road. They're trying to kill me. I'm going to die! I just came to Leicester to see one of my mates who goes to university here. They hit into the back of the car very fast. Please, I'm begging you, I'm going to die. No!”

The February 11 incident ruined Hussain’s phone but authorities recovered data from iCloud. Apart from Mehek and Ansreen, 22-year-old Natasha Akhtar, Raees Jamal, 22, 28-year-old Rekan Karwan, Mohammed Patel, 20, Sanaf Gulammustafa, 22 and 27-year-old Ameer Jamal all face two counts of murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter. However, all of them have denied to any role in the double murder.

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“The police were able to obtain access to his information on the iCloud from his phone and this is how the police pieced together their relationship. Between August 10, 2021 and February 9 2022, Saqib had contacted Ansreen Bukhari 1,702 times. Ansreen contacted Saqib in this period 214 times too. The number of calls suggest there was a relationship between the two of them. Mobile phone information on iCloud showed that there was a sexual relationship between the two,” the prosecutor stated.

Besides, the court was informed that the victims’ car was seen by drivers who passed that area before cops were called. Thompson added, “By the time the police got onto the dual carriage they could see a fire in the distance. Because of the intensity of the fire they could not safely approach it. Only when they had put out the fire did they see a body hanging out the car and another body in the driver's seat. They were both 21 years old and identified through dental investigations. By 9:30 am on the same morning three of the defendants here today had been arrested. This was Natasha Akhtar, Mahek Bukhari and Ansreen Bukhari.”

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