TikToker ‘lied’ in alleged murder of man who threatened mum with revenge porn

A TikTok star "lied to police" before she was arrested over the alleged murder of a man who threatened her mum with revenge porn, a court was told.

Mahek Bukhari and her mum Ansreen are among eight defendants in a murder trial following the deaths of Saqib Hussain and Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin.

The two victims died on February 11 after their Skoda Fabia left the A46 north of Leicester and broke into two parts before bursting into flames.

The defendants are alleged to have been chasing them in an Audi TT and a Seat Leon before not stopping at the scene, reports LeicestershireLive.

Police arrived at the Bukhari family home in Stoke-on-Trent at around 7.40am to find the Audi TT outside, Leicester Crown Court was told yesterday (November 1).

In a statement read to the court, PC Gary Scott of Staffordshire Police said: "The door was answered by a man I now know to be [Mahek's father] Ali Raza. I asked who had been driving the Audi and he said his wife and daughter had been out in the car during the night."

PC Scott interviewed the whole family – Mahek, her parents Ansreen and Ali Raza, and her brother. Bodycam footage shown to the jury showed the two women talking to police in the living room.

An officer is heard asking where the women had been in the car and TikToker Mahek was heard to reply: "First we stayed here then we went straight to Nottingham."

However, the jury had already heard that the Audi TT had a telemetry computer that meant police were able to see it had been to Leicester and along the A46 before the crash.

PC Scott said: "I told them: 'You're both under arrest for the murder of an unknown person'."

Prosecutors say Saqib, 21, had been having an affair with Ansreen Bukhari, 45, for three years and had become obsessed after she broke off the relationship, threatening her with revenge porn.

It is alleged he then arranged to meet her in Leicester before the fatal crash so she could pay him £2,000 in compensation for the money he had spent on her.

But it is alleged the defendants were involved in a plot to seize Saqib's phone, which contained explicit photos and videos of Ansreen, after meeting them at Hamilton Tesco in Leicester.

The trial heard Saqib and Mohammed drove into the supermarket but did not stop and were then chased by the eight defendants, who were in two vehicles.

Saqib then made a 999 call to police saying someone was trying to kill him in the five minutes before the Skoda he was in crashed just after 1.30am.

The jury also heard a statement from PC Martyn Carpenter of West Midlands Police who arrested defendant Natasha Akhtar after spotting her Seat Leon approaching Birmingham at 4.20am.

PC Carpenter said: "We were made aware of an incident in the Six Hills area of Leicester. Two vehicles were identified – one of which was a blue Seat Leon registered in the Birmingham area.

"The Seat Leon pulled into a petrol station on Washwood Heath Road. Natasha Akhtar gave her address. She was placed in the rear of the vehicle and, due to information received from Leicestershire, I said, 'You are under arrest on suspicion of murder'."

The eight defendants all deny murder and an alternative count of manslaughter.

Those on trial are: Natasha Akhtar, 22, of Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, Mahek Bukhari, 23, and Ansreen Bukhari, 45, both of George Eardley Close, Stoke, Raees Jamal, 22, of Lingdale Close, Loughborough, Rekan Karwan, 28, of Tomlin Road, Leicester, Mohammed Patel, 20, of Braybrooke Road, Leicester, Sanaf Gulammustafa, 22, of Littlemore Close, Leicester, and Ammeer Jamal, 27, of Catherine Street, Leicester.

The trial continues.

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