While this doesn’t look like a strictly religious thing, it does beg the question that Islam may raise men with no actual character, and so are more likely to commit acts of violence on women up to and frequently including murder, as a response to frustration or rejection. Seeing as how Islam teaches the inferiority of women and the superiority of men it stands to reason that Muslim men even if not especially observant would have far less character than secular/Christian/Jewish men may have who have been raised in a culture of secular liberalism.
By Nick Enoch
Last updated at 4:45 PM on 23rd August 2011
This image of a man pushing a suitcase on a trolley through a deserted concourse at Heathrow appears to show nothing out of the ordinary.
But it is in fact the grisly moment airline steward Yousseff Wahid, 42, was caught on CCTV preparing to dump the butchered body of flatmate Fatima Kama – which he had stuffed inside.
Wahid, from Lebanon, was today convicted of murder, 11 years after going on the run.
Enlarge Airline steward Yousseff Wahid is caught on CCTV at Heathrow preparing to dump the butchered body of his flatmate – which he had stuffed inside the large suitcase
Yousseff Wahid (left), 42, fled the country after slashing aspiring singer Fatima Kama’s throat following sex with her in their central London flat in 1999
He fled the country after slashing the aspiring singer’s throat after having sex with her in their central London flat in 1999.
Moroccan-born Kama, 28, was a ‘Holly Golightly’ character who worked as a cabaret singer and dancer entertaining Arabs in the area around Edgware Road.
The day before her murder, July 17, 1999, she was due to fly home to her family who lived in Montreal, Canada.
Fatima Kama had something of a ‘Holly Golightly about her’, with many rich Middle Eastern admirers – but Wahid was ‘neither rich nor it seemed attractive to her’ – Adrian Derbishire, prosecutor
But that evening, CCTV footage caught Wahid boarding the Heathrow Express at Paddington with a heavy suitcase before he dumped it in a car park at Terminal Three.
Two women discovered the suitcase within minutes and a security guard found Miss Kama curled up in a foetal position.
She had been robbed of expensive jewellery and more than £40,000 she had been carrying.
Despite the quick discovery, Wahid was able to return to Central London undetected.
He shaved off his moustache and went back to Heathrow where he then paid cash for an airline ticket to Lebanon.
When British detectives finally tracked him down to Bahrain and brought him back to face trial, Wahid tried unsuccessfully to argue that his extradition – the first from the Gulf state to the UK – was unlawful.
Legally aided Wahid, who has had three firms of solicitors representing him, then sacked his barrister as the trial got underway and refused to attend court so the jury, unusually, did not hear prosecution or defence closing speeches.
But Wahid, who has since married and had two children, was in the dock as the Old Bailey jury found him guilty of murder by a majority of 11 to one after just under two-and-a-half-hours.
Warned that he faces around 30 years behind bars, Wahid said: ‘I really don’t know what to say.
‘I did not murder Fatima Kama, that’s all I can say.’
But Judge Paul Worsley QC agreed to postpone sentencing so Wahid could instruct a barrister on mitigating factors. He is to be sentenced on October 3.
Ms Kama’s family reported her missing when she failed to arrive home.
Police went to were called to her London flat and found diluted traces of blood after someone had tried to clean up, as well as blood-soaked carpets and stained skirting boards.
Wahid’s fingerprints were also found inside the flat as well as his semen inside her body.
Prosecutor Adrian Derbishire told the jury Ms Kama had moved into Wahid’s flat for just a week but they were polar opposites.
She had something of ‘a Holly Golightly about her’, with many rich Middle Eastern admirers, and readily accepted their generosity, but Wahid was ‘neither rich nor it seemed attractive to Fatima Kama’.
Mr Derbishire said: ‘He appeared to have an interest in Fatima Kama. That interest was no doubt encouraged by the sharing of a small flat with her. She shared that flat until the day she died.
‘On the Sunday morning, the day after the murder, he left the UK never intending to return.’
Detectives travelled to Lebanon soon afterwards but it was ‘quickly discovered there was no prospect of extraditing the defendant’ because no treaty existed.
But ‘the long arm of Scotland Yard did not simply rest’, the jury were told.
Detectives eventually found he was living under a false name in Bahrain with a wife and two young children wrongly believing he was safe from being extradited.
Mr Derbishire said: ‘It was confirmed extradition from Bahrain to the UK was possible though it had never happened before.’
When arrested by Bahrain police with a Scotland Yard observer, Wahid, who was using the false name Ibrahim Hadid, was ‘indignant’ and demanded ‘a big apology’ because he insisted he had never been to London.
But Mr Derbishire said: ‘There was no big apology. It’s now accepted by the defendant it was untrue.’
Fatima’s family were not in court to see Wahid convicted of murder.
However, making an appeal at the time of her death, her father Bouchaib Kama, a wealthy director of a catering company in Casablanca, Morocco, said: ‘I miss Fatima very much. She was a beautiful girl, so young and full of life.
‘Every parent expects their children to outlive them and that their children all go to have a long and happy life.
‘Fatima was prematurely taken from us and we will always mourn her.’