“I’ll get him jumped by guys and he won’t know what day it is."
TikToker Mahek Bukhari will be at the centre of a new ITV true-crime documentary after she was convicted of murdering her mother’s toyboy lover and his friend.
TikTok: Murder Gone Viral will show viewers how police managed to capture Mahek and seven others, who all faced trial at Leicester Crown Court in 2023.
Mahek and her mother Ansreen Bukhari were convicted of murder alongside Rekan Karwan and Raees Jamal.
Sanaf Gulammustafa, Ameer Jamal and Natasha Akhtar were convicted of manslaughter.
An eighth defendant was found not guilty of either charge following the trial.
The influencer, who boasted over 160,000 followers, orchestrated a plot to silence Saqib Hussain when he threatened to expose the affair.
In the early hours of February 11, 2022, Saqib was “lured” into meeting the Bukharis at a Tesco car park in Leicester.
Saqib believed he would receive £3,000, which is what he approximately spent on Ansreen during their three-year affair.
But when Saqib arrived in a car driven by his friend Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin, they quickly realised it was an ambush and they fled.
Two cars pursued them along the A46.
At this point, Saqib made a 999 call to police, pleading for help as the car was being “rammed off the road”.
He told the operator: “Please, I’m begging you, I’m going to die. I think I’m going to die. Oh my God.”
Saqib then screamed. A loud crash was heard and the line went dead.
Both men were killed when their car hit the central reservation barrier and collided with a tree, splitting in two and bursting into flames.
Leicestershire Police said finding those responsible was an “extremely complex investigation”, which saw officers recover more than 200 hours of footage from more than 40 locations and take around 300 statements.
It was established that Mahek Bukhari knew about her mother’s affair.
Ansreen decided to end the affair but Saqib could not accept this and had allegedly threatened to tell Ansreen’s husband and to share explicit photos and videos of her.
The trial heard that after Ansreen threatened to report Saqib to police, she confided in her daughter about the threatening messages.
Messages between the mother and daughter included one from Mahek that read:
“I’ll get him jumped by guys and he won’t know what day it is.”
After the horrific crash, the two pursuing cars drove back past the burning Skoda but no calls for help were made.
The killers were then captured on CCTV walking in the Gipsy Lane area of Leicester and as they made their way home.
Calls and messages between the defendants had been made throughout the morning.
The first arrests were made just after the collision.
When Mahek and Ansreen were arrested at their home, police bodycam footage showed the TikToker lie to police about their whereabouts, insisting they had travelled to Nottingham.
The Seat Leon and Audi TT were both seized and a forensic collision investigator uncovered front-end damage on the Seat, indicating a collision with the rear of the Skoda.
In the Audi’s boot, a wheel brace was discovered, and inside the Seat’s driver’s seat, a curved metal tool was found.
Police suspected that the tool was intentionally brought to the pre-arranged meeting.
As a result of the investigation, eight individuals faced charges of two counts of murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter.
Although all admitted to being present in either the Seat Leon or Audi TT during the collision, they denied responsibility for the deaths.
Seven were convicted of either murder or manslaughter, while one individual was found not guilty on both charges.
The documentary will also hear from the families of both victims, highlighting how a threat to expose nude images and videos of Ansreen ultimately led to the men’s deaths.
CCTV of the night as well as interview footage after the defendants’ arrests will also be shown to viewers.
Leicestershire Police’s Detective Inspector Mark Parish said:
“The only time I notice any remorse is when Mahek hears the 999 call being played to her.”
“But I’m not sure that’s remorse at the call.
“I think it’s more to do with the fact that she recognises how serious a position she is in.”
Receiving a life sentence, Mahek Bukhari is currently serving a minimum of 31 years in prison.
Ansreen Bukhari was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 26 years and nine months.
The Other Defendants:
- Raees Jamal was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 31 years for murder. This minimum term was increased to 36 years and 45 days as he is currently serving a jail sentence after being convicted of rape concerning a separate investigation.
- Rekan Karwan was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 26 years and 10 months for murder.
- Sanaf Gulamustafa was sentenced to 14 years and nine months imprisonment for manslaughter.
- Ameer Jamal was sentenced to 14 years and eight months imprisonment for manslaughter.
- Natasha Akhtar was sentenced to 11 years and eight months imprisonment for manslaughter.
Police believe TikTok played a role in the story of this case and feel the outcome could have been different without it.
Detective Inspector Parish added: “If it wasn’t for social media, I do believe that Saqib and Hashim would be alive today.”
TikTok: Murders Gone Viral airs on January 30, 2024, at 9 pm on ITV1. The documentary will also stream on ITVX.