Fiancé tells of his desperate search

2009-02-28 00:00

“I am alive, but I am not alive. I loved her like she was my everything and she loved me like I was all she had.

“Maybe today or tomorrow they will kill me also,” said Abdullah Khan (30), fiancé of Fiona Khader, who was stabbed to death on Tuesday.

Seven months ago, Khader fell in love with Khan, who is originally from Pakistan, and began boarding at the home of her former mother-in-law, Romila Singh.

She was still married under Islamic law to her husband, Rakesh Singh, who allegedly left to live with another woman nearly two years ago.

Khader apparently asked the Singh family to grant her a divorce from her husband and began paying rent. She also sold samoosas for Singh to bring in some extra income.

It is alleged that the in-laws did not support her new relationship with Khan.

On the morning of her murder, Khan said he became worried when she didn’t reply or respond to his calls and SMSes.

“We loved each other. We sent SMSes to each other all the time. She was supposed to SMS me after she dropped the children off, but she didn’t. I phoned her but she didn’t answer and then by 10 o’clock I started to get worried,” said Khan.

He locked up his shop and began looking for her.

“At lunchtime I went to Romila’s house to ask where Fiona was. Her daughter said she doesn’t know and threatened to poke me with a knife," said Khan, who went to the Durban police station to report that she was missing.

“I told them that Fiona and I were getting married and I didn’t know where she was. I live a life only for her and she lived only for me and if she goes anywhere she tells me,” said Khan.

Khan went on a wild goose chase and responded first to a hospital call.

“The police told me that she was in an accident and at the hospital. When I went there it was not her.”

Later that day he received a call from the Pietermaritzburg police, who told him that they found a body that matched his description.

“I never believed that Fiona was dead. I only believed when I saw her body.”

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