Social Media Influencer Mahek Bukhari and Her Mother Jailed for Double Murder
Social media influencer Mahek Bukhari, aged 24, and her mother Ansreen Bukhari, aged 46, have been sentenced to life in prison for their involvement in the “cold-blooded” murder of two men during a high-speed chase. The tragic incident unfolded in Leicestershire, UK, when their car was rammed off the road. Mahek and seven others led this chase, which ended in the deaths of Saqib Hussain and Hashim Ijazuddin, both 21 years old.
The motive behind this horrifying act was revealed during the trial. Saqib Hussain had threatened to expose his affair with Mahek’s mother, Ansreen, which led to a sinister plot of “love, obsession, and extortion,” as described by the court.
Justice Timothy Spencer KC, presiding over the case, pointed to the central role of TikTok and Instagram in this tragedy. He remarked that Mahek’s obsession with social media led her to drop out of university, altering the course of her life irrevocably. Judge Spencer lamented, “Now, you constrain yourself to prison for all of your best years,” as he sentenced her to at least 31 years and eight months behind bars. He also described Mahek as “entirely self-obsessed.”
Mahek’s mother, Ansreen, was not spared from the severe judgment. She, too, was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 26 years and nine months. The judge chastised her for failing to act as the responsible adult in this situation, allowing fear of exposure to cloud her judgment.
The Fatal Meeting in a Tesco Car Park
The Leicester Crown Court heard chilling details about how the mother-daughter duo lured Saqib Hussain to a meeting in a Tesco car park. Ansreen promised to return the £3,000 that Hussain claimed to have spent on her during their relationship. She told the court that Hussain reacted violently when she tried to end the affair.
On February 11, Mahek convinced Hussain to meet her in Leicester under the guise of giving him the money he requested. She arrived at the meeting with eight individuals, all wearing balaclavas, and one person brandishing a weapon. Their intention was to confiscate Hussain’s phone and delete incriminating pictures.
Hussain’s close friend, Hashim Ijazuddin, accompanied him to the meeting. As the group attempted to take the phone, the two friends fled the car park in a Skoda Fabia. They were swiftly pursued by a Seat Leon and Audi TT, reaching speeds of up to 145 kmph. Tragically, the Skoda Fabia, carrying Hussain and Ijazuddin, crashed into a tree, resulting in a fiery and fatal collision.
Other Defendants and Their Sentences
Aside from Mahek and Ansreen Bukhari, several others were involved in this heinous crime and faced justice for their actions. Rekan Karwan, 29, and Raees Jamal, 23, received life sentences with minimum terms of 26 years and 10 months and 31 years, respectively, for two counts of murder. Natasha Akhtar, 23, was sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison, while Ameer Jamal, 28, and Sanaf Gulamustafa, 23, received 14 years and eight months and 14 years and nine months, respectively, for their roles in the crime. These individuals were hired by the Bukharis to carry out the murder.
The Key WhatsApp Message
The prosecution’s case hinged on critical evidence, including a WhatsApp message sent by Mahek. In one message, she chillingly stated, “I’ll soon get him jumped by guys, and he won’t know what day it is… I’ll make sure he gets jumped; he won’t know who did it and how.” This message played a pivotal role in securing their convictions.
The families of the victims have expressed their anguish and pain, describing the Bukharis as leaving their sons to “burn in a furnace of hell.” The parents of Saqib Hussain and Hashim Ijazuddin have been deeply affected by this tragedy, their lives forever altered by the loss of their loved ones.
This shocking case serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers and consequences associated with obsession and the misuse of social media platforms. Mahek Bukhari’s promising future has been irrevocably altered, and her mother, Ansreen, will spend decades behind bars, all as a result of a tragic and senseless act.