Fatima Khan, 21, filmed her boyfriend bleeding to death outside a coffee shop in London and posted it to Snapchat with the caption, “This is what happens when you f*ck with me,” the Old Bailey has heard.
Fatima Khan is on trial for allegedly planning the murder of her boyfriend, Khalid Safi, 18, who was repeatedly stabbed to death outside of Costa Coffee in Acton, West London, by Raza Khan, 19, on December 1st, 2016.
Ms Khan is alleged to have urged Raza Khan (above, left) to stab her “clingy” boyfriend, reports Court News.
Safi (above, right), an Afghan asylum seeker who had spent time at France’s Calais ‘Jungle’ migrant camp before arriving in the UK five years ago, was left standing outside of the coffee shop on the December evening after Ms Khan went inside.
Ms Khan claimed she was fixing her hijab, but the prosecution alleged she left Safi outside, taking an “abnormally long time” in the toilets, to give Safi’s love rival Raza Khan enough time to travel to Acton from North London by cab.
When Raza Khan arrived, he fought with Safi, stabbing him multiple times and delivering a fatal wound to his heart. Raza Khan then fled the scene and remains at large.
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Though telling the jury in June that her hands were shaking too much to call emergency services, she managed to film her boyfriend dying on the street and type the caption: “This is what happens when you fuck with me.”
Ms Khan told the jury this week her boyfriend had been beating her and regretted filming him whilst passersby tried to save his life, saying she was “ashamed and appalled”.
“It is so shameful. It’s disgusting. It wasn’t even directed at Khalid – the message wasn’t for him.
“I was just tired of it, getting assaulted before and him punching me again. I just wrote that so that people didn’t try to assault me or harrass me,” she told the jury as she cried.
Fatima Khan’s defence lawyer Kerim Fuad QC blamed machismo for Raza Khan stabbing Safi, telling the jury: “Raza Khan saw it, you may think, as his golden opportunity to play the Big I Am on a rampage of macho madness to try and get into Fatima’s affections because he had been snubbed before.
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“This was his opportunity to show his manhood in the most unmanly, cowardly way possible.”
Referring to his client as “Ilford’s Snapchat Queen”, Mr Fuad attempted to diminish her apparent callousness for filming her dying boyfriend by telling the jury: “She is now 21 and is another example of a youngster who seems to live her life through the prism of Snapchat.
“You may think she sees more of life through her phone than with her eyes. It’s not good. You may think it’s a blight on the young today.”
Khan, from Ilford, denies murder and conspiracy to cause Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH).
The trial continues.