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‘Paranoid’ husband who murdered brother over sex row jailed for life

A ‘paranoid’ husband who murdered his brother because he believed the victim had sex with his wife has been jailed for more than 16 years.

Ibrahim Mahetar, 35, stabbed his brother Naseer Mahetar to death in their parents’ backyard in Town Street in Batley on August 31 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Ibrahim Mahetar murdered his 31-year-old brother after believing that he had sex with his wife Sabrina Mamaniat.

He battered him with a baseball bat before stabbing him three times – including in the heart, the head and the arm.

The murder weapon was never recovered but is believed to have been a tool ‘like a spark plug cleaner’.

The attack happened in front of Naseer Mahetar’s wife Asma Daji, who tried to defend her husband as she held their two-year-old daughter on her hip.

The defendant’s children were in the house at the time and saw their uncle dying in the backyard. The defendant’s and the deceased’s mother Aysha Mahetar also saw her youngest son dying in the backyard.

The judge jailed the defendant for life with a minimum of 16 years and 188 days.

Sentencing, Judge Rodney Jameson QC told the defendant:

“All this because of your irrational obsession that your wife was unfaithful.”

During a seven-day trial, jurors heard that a rumour of the alleged affair emerged in April last year.

The day before the murder, Ibrahim Mahetar recorded himself ‘interrogating’ his wife about the rumour and she eventually told him that they had sex on one occasion.

Ibrahim Mahetar, of School Crescent in Dewsbury Moor, was found guilty of murder by a majority of 10-1.

A charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to Mrs Daji was allowed to lie on the file.

Richard Wright QC, mitigating, said the defendant’s fatal actions were ‘undoubtedly brought about by his perception of the relationship between his wife and his brother’ and ‘driven by paranoia’.

He added: “It does not justify for a moment the violence that was used but it does explain what happened that night from his perspective.”

The judge told the defendant that his the belief ‘plainly tormented’ him, adding: “You had no rational grounds for that belief and in these circumstances it has a limited effect in mitigation.”

Speaking about Naseer Mahetar’s youngest daughter, the judge told the defendant:

“You may not have been expecting to see [her], but you did not let that stop your murderous assault on him.”

He added: “I do not conclude that you planned to kill him. I am, however, satisfied that you did intend to kill him when you stabbed him three times.”

In a statement read out to the court yesterday, Naseer Mahetar’s widow Mrs Daji said: “All I could see when I closed my eyes was Naseer lying on the floor after he had been attacked. That image has not faded and remains with me, particularly at night.”

The defendant nodded to someone at the back of the public gallery as he was sent down.