A British Pakistani man who hired a crack cocaine addict to kill his wife because he was having an extramarital affair has been convicted of murder.
Amina Bibi was stabbed more than 70 times in the attack at the flat she shared with husband Mohammed Ali in Forest Gate, East London in September 2013.
Woolwich Crown Court heard that Ali was heavily in debt and was having an affair with his sister-in-law in Pakistan and had approached drug addict Frederick Best who was paid £1000 to kill Mrs Bibi, the mother of Ali’s two children.
Mrs Bibi was found lying in a pool of blood by her 11-year-old son when he returned home to retrieve his homework on the morning of Friday 13th September.
Convicted: Mohammed Ali
Ali had left the flat to do the school run that morning, taking the couple’s younger child with him, in the way of an alibi.
However, police officers found two separate mobile phones, one containing the contacts of his family and friends while the other contained the numbers of a woman in Pakistan and Best’s phone number.
Police also identified Ali on CCTV speaking with another man outside the flat prior to the murder taking place.
Best had maintained that he was paid £1000 to burgle the apartment and found Mrs Bibi murdered by the time he entered.
The court heard that Ali had known Best from fifteen years previously but had lost touch, only to reconnect months before Mrs Bibi’s murder.
Police believe that Ali hatched the plan for his wife’s murder after meeting Best again.
The men were convicted of murder and will be sentenced at a later date.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:”‘This was a cold and calculated act planned and devised by Mohamed Ali to have the mother of his two sons killed.
“He recruited Fred Best, a man with a drug dependency, to carry out the murder for the price of some jewellery and cash. He arranged for Best to attend his flat on the morning in question where he left open the communal doors allowing Best access to his flat.
“Within a minute of Ali leaving with his youngest child, Best entered and carried out a ferocious attack on Mrs Bibi, stabbing her approximately 70 times.
“It was during this attack that Best was disturbed by the eldest child – who had returned to the home address on realising that he had forgotten his home work.
“Unfortunately Amina Bibi’s son will have to carry with him the tragic memory of the events of that day forever.
“Although Ali played the part of a loving and concerned husband and father, his story soon began to unravel.
“Both he and Best were arrested within days of the offence and although they tried to cover their tracks it soon became apparent that they were responsible. This is a tragic case which has left two children without their mother and father, and also with them the knowledge that one of the parents was responsible for the death of the other.
“I only hope that over time the memory of it will fade in the minds of the children and that they will be able to overcome this tragic and brutal incident.”