Times caption: Fatima Khan was found guilty of manslaughter by a majority of 10-1 at the Old Bailey(PA)
A piece by Nadeem Badshah in today’s Times:
A self-confessed Snapchat addict who posted a video of her boyfriend dying in a pool of blood has been found guilty of arranging his killing.
Fatima Khan, 20, filmed Khalid Safi, 18, as he lay in the street and posted it on the social media app with the caption: “This is what happens when you f*** with me.”
She had plotted with Raza Khan to kill the Afghan asylum seeker, with whom she had been in a relationship for two years. Mr Safi was repeatedly stabbed in the chest by Mr Khan in North Acton, north London, on December 1, 2016, the Old Bailey was told.
Ms Khan said that she was “ashamed” of the video and denied murder, as well as alternative charges of manslaughter and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm. However, the jury found her guilty of manslaughter by a majority of 10-1.
Kate Bex, QC, for the prosecution, said that the two men had fought over Ms Khan a few years earlier, during which Mr Safi was hurt. She became upset when Mr Safi bought her a watch and presented it to her at her home five days before his death. She threw the gift at him out of an upstairs window because her family were not aware of their relationship.
Ms Bex said that Mr Khan was “a rival for her affections” and she was “essential to the success of the plan” to get rid of Mr Safi.
On the day of the killing Mr Safi and Ms Khan had gone to a branch of Costa Coffee near the offices of her employer, Vigilant Security, in North Acton. When Mr Khan, 19, arrived in a minicab he approached them holding a large knife.
Ms Bex said: “Raza Khan spoke briefly to either the defendant or Khalid Safi and then turned to face him, at which point the prosecution suggest that the knife would have been in plain view. Mr Safi produced a screwdriver and they began to fight.
“Mr Safi died at the scene having received a number of wounds to his chest, one penetrating his heart.”
Mr Khan’s whereabouts since the attack on Mr Safi remain unknown. Ms Khan will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Monday.
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