HOW YUSUF, REDDY MET IN AUCKLAND
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.