Man faces court af­ter un­cle’s stab­bing

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - ALEXAN­DRIA UTTING

A MAN ac­cused of stab­bing his un­cle to death who had mar­ried his own niece spoke of a love for knives and pas­sages in the Ko­ran that ex­cused killing be­fore the al­leged slay­ing, po­lice claim.

The al­le­ga­tions can be re­vealed af­ter de­tec­tives on Thurs­day charged 21-year-old Za’id Ab­dus Sa­mad with the 2017 mur­der of his un­cle, Bris­bane restau­ra­teur Ab­dul Ba­sith Mo­hammed, fol­low­ing a 15-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death.

Mr Mo­hammed was found stabbed to death out­side his Kuraby home on Oc­to­ber 25 two years ago.

He was tend­ing to a power out­age at the prop­erty when he was at­tacked. Po­lice be­lieve the out­age was part of a trap to lure Mr Mo­hammed out­side.

It will be al­leged by po­lice Sa­mad was heard hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions at his par­ent’s Kuraby home about his ha­tred for Mr Mo­hammed, his love for weapons and stab­bing and that he re­cited Mus­lim laws about killing.

Po­lice will al­lege Sa­mad stabbed his un­cle to death be­cause he was an­gry Mr Mo­hammed had taken his sis­ter as his wife un­der Is­lamic law while also be­ing legally mar­ried to an­other woman in Queens­land.

The Gold Coast Bul­letin can also re­veal Sa­mad ar­rived with his fa­ther to the scene of the stab­bing hours af­ter it oc­curred af­ter be­ing con­tacted by rel­a­tives, de­spite it be­ing al­leged by po­lice the 21-year-old had fled in a hoodie and com­mit­ted the crime him­self.

When asked about the mat­ter, Sa­mad’s lawyer Bren­dan Beavon said the pub­lic shouldn’t be­lieve ev­ery­thing they heard about the case.

“We’re go­ing to re­view any ev­i­dence the prose­cu­tions rely upon and take for­mal in­struc­tions from our client in prepa­ra­tion for a trial be­fore the Supreme Court,” he said.

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