HOW YUSUF, REDDY MET IN AUCK­LAND

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Source: NZ Her­ald

Pa­keeza Yusuf and Ka­mal Reddy met in 2006. Depend­ing on which wit­ness ac­count you be­lieved, the pair were ei­ther con­duct­ing an af­fair be­hind Ms Yusuf’s hus­band’s back, or they be­came ro­man­ti­cally in­volved af­ter meet­ing when Ms Yusuf and her fam­ily moved into Reddy’s Otahuhu house. Reddy said it was sim­ply a re­la­tion­ship of con­ve­nience to sat­isfy his im­mi­gra­tion re­quire­ments. By her mother Mubarak Ro­jina Banu’s ac­count, Ms Yusuf had no ex­tracur­ric­u­lar hob­bies or in­ter­ests. She had no for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions and had only com­pleted school up to a fourth form level. She didn’t have a job, and she col­lected a solo par­ent’s ben­e­fit from the gov­ern­ment. She had few, if any, friends. She had a daugh­ter, Juwairiyah, who was three. Reddy was older, a fa­ther of two chil­dren whose mar­riage had dis­solved years ear­lier. He moved to New Zealand from Fiji in 2004 and worked for var­i­ous south Auck­land me­chan­ics as a panel beater. Some of his fam­ily lived in New Zealand, but Reddy ap­peared to have few friends and he told the court he had a prob­lem with al­co­hol. “I was not very happy (about the re­la­tion­ship),” Ms Banu told the court. “I got the im­pres­sion that he was not a very good per­son.” She said Ms Yusuf was start­ing to re­alise that her­self, her phone calls to her mother filled with com­plaints about his drink­ing, swear­ing, and vi­o­lence. The last time Ms Banu spoke to her daugh­ter: “She re­peated vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing she had said be­fore - ‘he’s drink­ing al­co­hol and hit­ting me’.” Ms Banu agreed she was un­sym­pa­thetic.

She said: “I would tell her this was her choice, what can I say to you on this mat­ter? Be­cause I ar­ranged your mar­riage to (ex-hus­band) Faizal. If you were still with Faizal I would have the away, what can I do for you?” It was the last time she spoke to her daugh­ter.

She tried to call her sev­eral times af­ter­ward, to no avail. Reddy later re­lated the mother and daugh­ter re­la­tion­ship break­down to un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cers.

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