Man faces court after uncle’s stabbing
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.