A ‘Snapchat queen’ who posted a video of her boyfriend dying in a pool of blood has been found guilty or arranging his killing. Fatima Khan, 20, plotted with a love rival to kill Afghan asylum seeker Khalid Safi, 18, who she had been seeing for two years. Khalid was repeatedly stabbed in the chest by Raza Khan, 19, in North Acton, west London, on the evening of 1 December, 2016, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.
Fatima filmed him as he lay dying in the street and posted it on Snapchat with the caption: ‘This is what happens when you fuck with me.’
The self-confessed Snapchat addict denied murder, and alternative counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, saying she was ‘ashamed’ of the video.
During the trial, jurors were shown the disturbing footage as well as CCTV images of the fatal confrontation between Khalid and Raza.
Prosecutor Kate Bex QC said the two men had fought over Fatima a few years earlier, during which Khalid was hurt. And in the run-up to the killing, Fatima had been in daily contact with Raza via Snapchat. The lawyer told jurors that Raza was ‘a rival for her affections’ and Fatima was ‘essential to the success of the plan’ to get rid of Khalid.
Jurors heard how Fatima became upset when Khalid bought her a watch and presented it to her at her home five days before his death. Fatima threw the gift at him out of an upstairs window because her family did not know about the relationship, Ms Bex told them.
Ms Bex continued:
‘She told Raza Khan where to find Khalid Safi and she ensured Mr Safi was still there by the time Mr Khan travelled to the scene.’ On the day of the killing, Khalid and Fatima had gone to a Costa Coffee near to her work at Vigilant Security in North Acton. The couple were hanging around benches outside the coffee shop, before Raza arrived in a minicab. When Raza arrived, he went straight up to them holding a large knife in his hand, jurors heard.
Ms Bex said:
‘Raza Khan spoke briefly to either the defendant or Khalid Safi and then turned to face him, at which point the prosecution suggest the knife would have been in plain view. ‘Mr Safi produced a screwdriver and they began to fight. The fight lasted 15 seconds at most and it is caught on CCTV. ‘Mr Safi died at the scene having received a number of wounds to his chest, one penetrating his heart.’ Raza was injured in the fight but calmly left the scene and his whereabouts remain unknown, the court heard.
Giving evidence, Fatima wept as she told how she suffered flashbacks from post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by a previous relationship.
On Raza, she told jurors
: ‘I hate him. He is so disgusting because he done something so bad. Khalid did not deserve to be dead. He disgusts me. I feel sick just thinking about it.’
Judge Michael Topolski QC warned Khan she faces a long prison sentence.