Thursday, February 28, 2019

Printer, 35, stabbed his younger brother to death in front of the victim's two-year-old daughter after accusing him of sleeping with his wife

  • Ibrahim Mahetar, 35, guilty of murdering 31-year-old Naseer Mahetar in Batley
  • Mehetar 'lured' Naseer to their parents' homeand stabbed him in the heart
  • Attacker believed victim had slept with his wife, Leeds Crown Court heard 
Killer: Ibrahim Maheta faces life in jail
Killer: Ibrahim Maheta faces life in jail
A printing worker stabbed his younger brother to death in a fit of rage after becoming convinced the sibling had slept with his wife.
Silver-toothed Ibrahim Mahetar, 35, is facing life in jail after being convicted yesterday of murdering 31-year-old Naseer Mahetar in Batley, West Yorkshire, last August.
The jury heard Mehetar, of Dewsbury Moor, 'lured' Naseer to their parents' home after relations between the pair deteriorated.
The prosecution told how Mahetar called his brother a 'wife sh**ger' as he plunged a sharp implement into his chest three times, fatally wounding him in the heart.
Naseer Mahetar's wife and two-year-old child were present during the attack and the wife was injured as she tried to protect the victim.
Mahetar admitted stabbing his brother but claimed it was in self-defence. The jury yesterday convicted him of murder by a majority of 10-to-one.  
Earlier in the trial, prosecutor Nicholas Campbell QC told the jury: 'Rumours circulated that Naseer was also having an affair with Ibrahim’s wife. Whatever the truth about that, by the middle of July the difficulties had erupted into violence.'
Ibrahim accused Naseer of sleeping with his wife after 'luring' him to their parents' house
Ibrahim accused Naseer of sleeping with his wife after 'luring' him to their parents' house
Mr Campbell said that six weeks prior to the alleged murder, the brothers were out in Leeds and the defendant 'started acting up' before following his brother home and assaulting him.
He added: 'Injury was caused but nothing serious.'
Speaking about the night of the alleged murder, Mr Campbell said: 'The prosecution say that the defendant Ibrahim lured his younger brother Naseer, together with Naseer's wife, to the family home and there, having recorded him, he stabbed him three times.'
The prosecution say further that when Naseer's wife tried to protect her husband during the attack the defendant struck her on the wrist, causing a 'nasty' bruise.
Victim: Naseer was stabbed three times
Victim: Naseer was stabbed three times
He said that the defendant then ran away, 'leaving his brother lying on the ground with only minutes to live'.
In a statement read out to the court, Naseer Mahetar's wife Asma Daji said: 'All I could see when I closed my eyes was Naseer lying on the floor after he had been attacked. That image has not faded and remains with me, particularly at night.'
Speaking about her two-year-old daughter who also witnessed the murder, she said: 'I worry what, if any, long-term effects this may have on her.
'She still will not sleep alone and insists on sleeping with her grandparents. Her appetite is still poor whereas before the incident she ate well and slept in her own bed.'
Mrs Daji said she met her husband when she was 17 and married him two years later, adding: 'When you are young, you always think that you have time. 
You think you have the rest of your lives together. We talked about the future and had so many plans but now all those plans are shattered. He was my everything and all I knew.'
In another statement read out to the court, the couple's 10-year-old daughter said: 'I miss my daddy's hugs. Even though everyone else hugs me, it's never the same. I wish he could come back...
'If I saw him one more time I would tell him how much I love him and not to leave me as without him I am always sad and angry. I miss him so much it hurts.'
Judge Rodney Jameson QC said the defendant is facing a sentence of life imprisonment.
The murder weapon was never recovered and the prosecution had to rely on the defendant's description of it.
He described it as a tool 'like a spark plug cleaner'. The prosecution believed he foundit at the scene rather than bringing it with him.
Richard Wright QC, mitigating, said the defendant's actions were 'undoubtedly brought about by his perception of the relationship between his wife and his brother' and 'driven by paranoia'.
He added: 'It does not justify for a moment the violence that was used but it does explain what happened that night from his perspective.'
The judge previously said that whether the defendant believed that his brother had sex with his wife is 'highly relevant' but whether or not he actually had 'may be less relevant'.
The defendant, who has two previous convictions, will be sentenced tomorrow morning.  

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