The 'warped' TikTok star set to serve life for double murder: Beauty blogger, 24, recruited followers who became 'enthralled' with her 'tawdry' fame – before she and her mother used her influence to organise killing of mum's 21-year-old lover

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The lure of social media and the ‘tawdry fame’ it brings was at the heart of a double murder carried out by an influencer and her mother, a judge said yesterday.

Fashion and beauty blogger Mahek Bukhari, 24, and her mother Ansreen Bukhari, 46, who were both jailed for life, together caused a deadly ‘maelstrom’ that resulted in the deaths of two men in a high-speed car chase.

TikTok and Instagram influencer Bukhari recruited ‘followers’ to ‘jump’ her married mother’s 21-year-old lover Saqib Hussain after he blackmailed her and threatened to expose their three-year affair.

Mr Hussain, accompanied by his friend Hashim Ijazuddin, 21, was lured to a Tesco car park on the pretence that the mother and daughter were giving him back the £3,000 he said he had spent on Mrs Bukhari during their affair.

But they were ambushed, chased by two cars containing eight people, including Bukhari and her mother, and died in a fireball on the A46 near Leicester in February last year.

Mahek Bukhari and her mother, both of Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, have been jailed for life for murder

Mahek Bukhari and her mother, both of Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, have been jailed for life for murder

Saqib Hussain (pictured), 21, was killed after having an affair with Mahek's mother Ansreen Bukhari
Mr Hussain's friend, driver Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin (pictured), also 21, was in 'the wrong place at the wrong time'

Saqib Hussain (left), 21, and his friend Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin (right), also 21, were killed in a fireball on the A46 near Leicester in February last year after a fatal 100mph car chase

Mahek Bukhari
Ansreen Bukhari

Mahek Bukhari (left) and her mother Ansreen Bukhari (right) were found guilty of the murders of Saqib Hussain and Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin in a high-speed car chase in February 2022

Passing sentence at Leicester Crown Court, Judge Timothy Spencer KC jailed ‘self-obsessed’ Bukhari for a minimum of 31 years and eight months and her mother, who appeared in many of her online videos, for at least 26 years and nine months.

The judge pointed to the negative impact of social media in the background to the murders. 

Addressing the daughter, he said: ‘Your tawdry fame through your career as an influencer has made you utterly self-obsessed with a wholly unjustified sense of entitlement and no apparent awareness of the impact you have on others, oblivious to the damage you do. 

‘That your solution to your mother’s problems was to engage some of your male followers to beat up Saqib Hussain speaks volumes of your warped values and maybe also of the false world of influencing that you so enthusiastically espoused.’ 

The court heard that Bukhari was aware of her mother’s affair and was ‘happy to tolerate it, if not approve of it’. Mr Hussain was targeted when he threatened to tell Ansreen Bukhari’s husband and son about the affair.

Jurors were played a shocking 999 call that Mr Hussain, a baker, made from the passenger seat of a Skoda Fabia as he was chased up a 70mph dual carriageway – which ended with him screaming and the sound of a collision.

Mr Hussain told the handler: ‘They are trying to ram me off the road. They are trying to kill me.’

Rekhan Karwan, 29, of Leicester, and Raees Jamal, 23, of Loughborough, who were driving the pursuing vehicles, were found guilty of murder and jailed for a minimum of 26 years and ten months, and 36 years respectively.

TikTok influencer Mahek Bukhari (right) and her mother Ansreen Bukhari (left) have been jailed

TikTok influencer Mahek Bukhari (right) and her mother Ansreen Bukhari (left) have been jailed

Rekhan Karwan
Raees Jamal

Fellow defendants Rekhan Karwan (left) and Raees Jamal (right) were also found guilty of two counts of murder

Natasha Akhtar
Ameer Jamal
Sanaf Gulamustafa

(Left to right) Natasha Akhtar, Ameer Jamal and Sanaf Gulamustafa were found not guilty of murder but guilty of two counts of manslaughter

The judge said that Bukhari approached Karwan as a ‘go-between’ before he ‘brought in Raees Jamal. He said it was not chance that Karwan took over driving the Audi during the fatal chase.

The judge also suggested Jamal was enthralled with Bukhari, despite being in a relationship ‘of sorts’ with co-defendant Natasha Akhtar, and was happy to ‘do her bidding’, the BBC reports. 

Akhtar, 23, of Birmingham, was jailed for 11 years and eight months, Ameer Jamal, 28, of Leicester, for 14 years and Sanaf Gulamustafa, 23, also of Leicester, for 14 years – all for manslaughter.

Read more: Moment killer TikToker, 24, lied to police that she’d hatched plot to murder her 45-year-old mother’s lover, 21, after he threatened to expose the affair by leaking a sex tape 

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After Bukhari and her mother were jailed for life on Friday, the heartbroken families of the two victims paid heartfelt tributes.

The family of Mr Ijazuddin said that ‘he was simply helping his friend and this resulted in his death’.

And the ‘shattered’ family of Mr Hussain described the 21-year-old as a ‘much-loved young man’, adding: ‘I do not feel that we have received justice as we have now got a life sentence.’

Mr Ijazuddin’s family said after sentencing: ‘The day we found out Hashim had died, our world came crashing down. His death has changed everything. 

‘Everyone who knew Hashim, loved him. His death is not just a massive loss to our family but also to our whole community.

‘Hashim was a cheeky young man who was always smiling, a handsome man who was beautiful both on the inside and out. He would do anything for anyone, was very caring and had a very kind heart.

‘Hashim would always put others first and wouldn’t hesitate to help others if they needed it. On that tragic day, he was simply helping his friend and this resulted in his death.

‘It has been extremely painful not only losing Hashim at such a young age but also in the circumstances in which we lost him.

‘We will always be extremely proud of Hashim. Whatever he would have done in life, we know he would have excelled in it. Hashim was and will always be our superstar and our one-in-a-million.’

The family also thanked the police, the CPS and the prosecuting counsel for their support.  

The family of Mr Hussain added: ‘Saqib was a much-loved young man. He was kind, compassionate, caring and sensible. My family has been shattered by this senseless act and we are still struggling to come to terms with the enormity of our loss. I do not feel that we have received justice as we have now got a life sentence.’

They added that they were ‘grateful that the courts saw through all the lies attributed to my son Saqib’.

The family continued: ‘Thank God the jury saw through it and gave the verdicts our children deserve. Saqib’s death has brought so much sadness, not just to his family, but to the many people that knew him.’

They also thanked the police, the CPS, supporting officers, local schools and the local mosque.

The heartbreaking statement continued: ‘I never imagined that I would have to bury one of my children; that I would spend every waking moment suddenly expecting him to come back and tell me everything is ok; endlessly searching for his face whenever I am in public even though I know it is impossible.

‘This grief of losing Saqib has further been compounded by having to relive the horror of my son’s death over and over again in court. 

‘My family and I would like to thank Leicestershire Police greatly for their diligence, thoroughness and painstaking hard work in ensuring that those responsible for Saqib’s death did not evade justice.

‘We have hope and confidence that Saqib has found eternal rest with Our Lord, and that we will get to be with him again when we pass. We also pray that no family will have to go through our experience.’

Bukhari even blew a kiss to her father and told him ‘call me’ as she was taken down to serve life in prison alongside her mother. She was ‘smiling and laughing’ during quieter parts of the trial and casually played games when the jury retired, the BBC reported.

The scene of the wreckage of Mr Ijazuddin's car on the A46 in February last year

The scene of the wreckage of Mr Ijazuddin’s car on the A46 in February last year

Dressed in a pink onesie, Mahek (left) was remarkably assured just hours after the crash as she told police that she and her mother had been to Nottingham

Dressed in a pink onesie, Mahek (left) was remarkably assured just hours after the crash as she told police that she and her mother had been to Nottingham

Before her arrest 18 months ago, she had boasted of having more than 126,000 followers on TikTok and a further 43,000 on Instagram. 

The judge continued: ‘The prosecution categorised this as a story of love, obsession and extortion and in that they were right. They were also right in categorising this case as one of cold-blooded murder.’ 

The judge said Bukhari’s mother’s head had been turned by the ‘perceived glamour’ of her daughter’s career. 

He told her: ‘You are the grown-up in this group and you should have behaved as the grown-up but you allowed your understandable concern about exposure to strip you of any rational judgement.’ 

Senior investigating officer in the case Detective Inspector Mark Parish, from Leicestershire Police, said it was a ‘callous and cold-blooded attack’.

Judge Spencer ended the hearing by making a formal judicial commendation praising Leicestershire Police officers involved in preparing the case for trial, as well as family liaison officers.

Another defendant, Mohammed Patel, was previously found not guilty of murder or manslaughter.







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