Killer son puts family in crisis

2016-03-28 11:30
Murder accused (from left) Jibraeel Mohideen, Emily Mchunu, Joshua Nxumalo and Zandisile Mtshali in the dock at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

Murder accused (from left) Jibraeel Mohideen, Emily Mchunu, Joshua Nxumalo and Zandisile Mtshali in the dock at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The brutal stabbing of Pietermaritzburg businessman Ashraf Mohideen (57) at the behest of his son and the killers he hired, has thrown his family into crisis and caused his business to close down.

This emerges from a victim impact statement which was handed to Judge Rishi Seegobin by state advocate Candy Kander before he sentenced Jibraeel Mohideen to 20 years’ imprisonment and hired killer Zandisile Mtshali to 25 years’ imprisonment for the murder last week.

In the statement, Ashraf Mohideen’s brother Jalaloodeen Tajoodeen said he was holidaying in Cape Town when he got the horrific news of his youngest brother’s murder.

“The news was a tremendous shock to me … Whilst on the plane back home I could not help but think why this gruesome act had to be carried out against my baby brother, Ashraf, whom I know would not hurt a fly.”

Tajoodeen told of “nightmarish thoughts” of what the family back home was experiencing, especially the victim’s two offspring — Jibraeel and his twin sister, Nabeela (who is mentally challenged). The pair had lost their mother five years earlier.

Tajoodeen said as if this news was not enough to bear, they (the family) were then struck by “a second lightning blow” on hearing that Jibraeel was instrumental in orchestrating his father’s murder.

“Ashraf was more of a friend than a brother to me. He was my confidant and soulmate,” he said, also paying tribute to him by saying that when it came to family, society or community needs, Ashraf “always went the extra mile”.

He said his late brother’s car sales business, which he ran together with Jibraeel, has closed down as a result of the murder and forced a number of employees to become jobless, impacting not only on them, but their families.

He said the family are all “deeply traumatised” by events, to the extent of suffering sleep deprivation, finding difficulty in concentrating and have altered eating patterns. He personally was having difficulty communicating with his friends and family and even went so far as to request them not to contact him about the matter. “This has caused tremendous embarrassment to our entire family and we are very known in the community and society out there,” he said.

When sentencing Jibraeel Mohideen, the judge highlighted the fact that he “got so many other people” involved in the scheme and the serious consequences his actions had for many people.

“He committed the worst type of sin … he took the life of his father. He should be ashamed,” the judge said.

To this Jibraeel’s legal aid lawyer, Ishi Khan, said Mohideen “is ashamed”.

He said Jibraeel asked him to convey to his family his “extreme remorse” for all the hurt he had caused them, Khan said.

Replying to Khan’s submissions that Jibraeel’s uneasy relationship with his father led to the murder, the judge commented that he seemed to be a “spoilt brat” who had everything on a plate but wanted more.

He said he could have left home if he wanted to, but chose murder instead.

In his plea, Jibraeel described his father as someone who projected the persona of a “loving father in public but in private was a bully who constantly ridiculed and belittled me”.

He said he did not get paid a salary for helping his father run his business, but simply had his expenses paid for him.

Other disagreements concerned the fact that his father was unfaithful during his (Jibraeel’s) mother’s illness; allegedly used drugs to sedate his twin sister and refused to accept his marriage to a non-Muslim girl.

An argument about his father’s refusal to accept his wife, prompted the hatching of the murder plan allegedly with the help of domestic worker, Emily Mchunu (who is being tried separately), he said.

Judge Seegobin said the case reflects the fact that society has lost “all ability to engage in constructive dialogue to resolve issues”.

It also highlighted the tragic reality of how cheap life had become and how easy it was to hire people to commit murder for “paltry” amounts of money. The judge said hired killings are becoming prevalent.

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