- A former Ladysmith resident has been sentenced to 23 years in jail in Australia for the murder of his wife
- Ahmed Dawood Seedat bludgeoned his wife to death with a wheel spanner and buried her in their backyard
- Seedat planned the crime meticulously with the objective of pursuing a relationship with her sister
A former KwaZulu-Natal resident has been sentenced to 23 years in jail in Australia for the brutal murder of his wife.
Ahmed Dawood Seedat previously lived in Ladysmith, but moved to Australia as a youngster.
He eventually married British-born Fahima Yusuf and the couple raised their children in Carlisle, Australia.
Fahima was tragically murdered and her husband, Ahmed, has pleaded guilty as reported by the New Zealand Herald.
On Tuesday, Ahmed was sentenced to a minimum of 23 years in prison.
The gruesome details of the murder were eventually revealed as well as Ahmed’s motive.
The 37-year-old man had ambitions of pursuing a relationship with his sister-in-law and this motivated him to plan the murder of his wife.
One night, while the children were sleeping, he used a wheel spanner to beat her and suffocate her to death.
He then buried her body in their backyard.
The hole was previously excavated in the backyard as Ahmed told his family he planned to build a swimming pool for the kids.
The Daily Star reported that Fahima’s last words to her husband were “I love you” before he killed her.
Evidence of the premeditated nature of the crime were revealed through his web browsing history.
Ahmed reportedly searched for "burying someone alive" and "can you marry your brother-in-law if your sister is dead Muslim?"
It was reported that Ahmed told his sister-in-law that his wife had left him, while he told friends that she travelled to England for eye surgery.
A community leader within Ladysmith said, I remember the father and he was well respected in the community. Even if you didn't know the family that well, this type of news always comes as a shock to any community."
During sentencing, Justice Bruno Fiannaca described the killing as callous and cowardly.
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