Property developer murdered wife and neighbour in drug-fuelled rage

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A property developer murdered wife and stabbed a neighbour to death in a drug-fuelled rage.

Tamer Moustafa was high on cocaine when he killed Nelly Moustafa, aged 43, at their home in, Moseley, Birmingham, on March 16 before going going next door to butcher Zahida Bi, 52.

‘Delusional’ Moustafa, 40, had wrongly believed that his wife had been unfaithful to him. He inflicted around 80 knife injuries to each victim.

Moustafa suffered from severe paranoid schizophrenia and a jury was tasked with deciding whether he was guilty of double murder or manslaughter, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

They deliberated for around four and a half hours and found the defendant guilty of two murder charges.

Moustafa, who had appeared via video-link from a Birmingham hospital, will be sentenced on Friday, December 4.

The trial heard he simply ‘could not accept’ his marriage to Nelly Moustafa, with whom he has four children, was coming to an end, reports Birmingham Live.

The jury were also told the defendant, who had become a regular cocaine user, held ‘unfounded’ beliefs she had cheated on him with his own father as well as the landlord – the husband of Zahida Bi, both of whom lived next door.

Opening the case prosecutor Peter Glenser said: “On March 16, West Midlands Police received a 999 call from this defendant. His name is Tamer Moustafa. The operator asked him what had happened.

“He said he had murdered his wife. He gave the address, Belle Walk. He said she was dead in the house. The knife was still in her. He gave his name.

“He was asked why he killed her. He said: ‘Because she’s a f*** w*, that’s why’.”

An ambulance crew, instructed to wait for police arrival, observed Moustafa step outside his home to light a cigarette whilst he was covered in blood.

Dramatic body worn camera footage showed the moment police armed with tasers arrested him.

Moustafa was asked ‘Where’s the female?’, he chillingly replied ‘they are both inside’. It was the first time officers became aware of a second victim.

Nelly Moustafa was found lifeless in an upstairs bedroom of her home. Zahida Bi was discovered in her garage, next to a blood-soaked knife and hammer.

Astonishingly, she was still alive prompting heroic attempts by paramedics to save her. But she was pronounced dead within hours at the hospital.

Moustafa had gone in search of her husband seeking misguided ‘revenge’. He was not there. Instead he savagely killed his wife, who he barely knew, let alone believed had wronged him in any way.

The defendant was sat in a hospital room, complaining about the tightness of his handcuffs, when her death was confirmed to him.

By that time he had already made significant ramblings to police, including the fact he had taken cocaine, had not slept for days and had been hearing relentless voices in his head.

Later that day, whilst in custody at Perry Barr police station, he elaborated on one particular delusion to a mental health nurse, describing a boy saying ‘it’s you or her’.

The jury heard evidence from numerous psychiatrists who agreed Moustafa had an abnormality of mind.

Their main task was to determine what impact it had on his decision to carry out the brutal killings.