Man who murdered wife and neighbour in drug-fuelled rage jailed for 30 years

A property developer who murdered his wife and stabbed a neighbour to death in a drug-fuelled rage has been jailed for life.

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

The ‘delusional’ 40-year-old had wrongly believed that his wife had been unfaithful to him.

Moustafa had inflicted around 80 knife injuries to each victim when the attack took place on March 16 this year.

Today at Birmingham Crown Court he was handed a life sentence with a minimum tariff of 30 years.

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

They deliberated for around four and a half hours and found him guilty of two murder charges last month.

Sentencing Moustafa, Judge Melbourne Inman QC said: “I must consider whether your abnormality of mental function may have relevance in either of the killings.

“I am satisfied, although you had long-standing delusional beliefs, you had not used violence on her.

“There were text messages which made it clear Nellie had decided to leave you. You have never offered an explanation why you killed Mrs Bi.

“You were heavily under the influence of cocaine when you murdered both women.

“I am satisfied your delusional beliefs were present at the time of both killings. I am satisfied those beliefs were or may have been a factor in what you did.”

During the sentencing hearing personal statements were read out from the victims’ grieving relatives including Nelly’s son Ibrahim Moustafa.

His statement read: “She (his mother) was the reason for us to smile after a long day.

“Tamer had abandoned us long before he murdered our mum.

“The lives of our mum and Mrs Bi were taken in such a violent way. We hope Tamer gets what he deserves.”

Kahsif Mahmood the brother of Mrs Bi paid tribute to his sister saying her death has left a ‘gaping hole’ in her family’s hearts.

He said: “My sister was a wonderful person. She was a loving mother to her two boys.

“All she wanted to do was take care of her children. We struggle every day to cope with her passing.

“There is a gaping hole in our hearts. I wonder what was going through her mind when she was mercilessly attacked.

“I wish I could have been there to protect her and take her place. I am left with a lifetime of regret.

“The cruel and callous means our sister was callously murdered I would not wish on anyone.”

During Moustafa’s trial jurors heard he could not accept’ his marriage to his wife, with whom he has four children, was coming to an end.

They also heard he was a regular cocaine user and held ‘unfounded’ beliefs his wife had cheated on him with his own dad as well as the landlord – the husband of Zahida Bi, both of whom lived next door.

He added: “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 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, barely alive.

She died hours later in hospital.

The court heard Moustafa had gone in search of her husband seeking misguided ‘revenge’ and he was not there she was killed instead.

Moustafa barely knew her.