A prominent British-Pakistani TikTok Mahek Bukhari influencer and her mother have been convicted of murder after a three-month trial.
Mahek Bukhari, 24, with an impressive 129,000 followers on TikTok, and her mother, Ansreen Bukhari, 46, were found guilty of orchestrating a deadly plot that led to the tragic deaths of two young men, Saqib Hussain and Hashim Ijazuddin, both 21 years old.
The disturbing incident occurred in February 2022 near Leicester, where the victims’ car was forcefully rammed off the road. The court learned that the attack was a result of a series of events triggered by threats made by Saqib Hussain to expose an affair he had with Ansreen Bukhari.
During the trial, prosecutors revealed chilling details of how Mahek Bukhari used her social media presence to deceive Saqib Hussain into meeting her under false pretenses. The victims’ car was pursued and ultimately forced off the road, resulting in a tragic crash that claimed their lives.
Alongside the Bukhari mother-daughter duo, Rekhan Karwan and Raees Jamal were also found guilty of murder, while others were convicted of manslaughter. The jury deliberated for 28 hours before reaching their verdict.
The families of the victims expressed deep sorrow and devastation at the loss of their loved ones. Saqib Hussain was described as a “much-loved young man,” and Hashim Ijazuddin was remembered as a caring and kind-hearted individual. The families described the incident as a senseless act that shattered their lives and left an irreplaceable void.
As the court prepares for sentencing Mahek Bukhari and her mother on September 1st, Judge Timothy Spencer KC highlighted the severity of the crime and emphasized that the impending punishment would reflect its gravity.