Nephew charged over murder of restaurant owner outside family home

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Nephew charged over murder of restaurant owner outside family home

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By Kate McKenna

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January 09, 2019 12:56:39

Za’id Abdus Samad, 21, has been charged over the 2017 murder of his uncle, Brisbane restaurant owner Abdul Basith Mohammed.

The 35-year-old father of four was killed outside his Kuraby home in October 2017 after venturing out to investigate a power issue.

His wife and children were home at the time of the attack.

During the investigation detectives said some sort of “cutting implement” was used to inflict Mr Mohammed’s “significant injuries”.

Police said a second crime scene was set up at another Kuraby home last year where forensic officers carried out “a thorough examination of the dwelling and surrounds”.

Mr Samad did not appear when the case was briefly mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court today.

No details were read out and his lawyer, Brendan Beavon, asked for the case to be adjourned.

Mr Beavon told the ABC he hadn’t taken instructions from his client yet about the charge.

Close friends have been shocked by the death of Mr Mohammed, describing him as a man who worked “tirelessly” to provide for his children.

Friend Abu Amaan said he had “contributed significantly to the Muslim community in Brisbane”.

Police had earlier offered a $250,000 reward for information that resulted in a conviction in the case.

Indemnity from prosecution was also offered for any accomplice who came forward with information.

The matter will return to court on February 4.

Topics:

murder-and-manslaughter,

crime,

law-crime-and-justice,

qld,

australia,

brisbane-4000

First posted

January 09, 2019 10:50:38



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