A strong friendship between two friends who used to meet for lunch daily in a Tesco car park came to an end when one of the friends stabbed the other to death. Aqib Pervaiz stabbed Nadeem Mohammed because he suspected him of sleeping with his wife.
Aqib Pervaiz has been jailed for killing his lunchtime pal after he plunged a knife into his chest. Nadeem Mohammed tragically died after being attacked in a Tesco car park, on May 8, where they would regularly meet for lunch, a court heard.
The Daily Star reports Pervaiz, who was jailed for 22 years, met Mr Mohammed as normal for lunch but brought with him a 20cm knife he had purchased at the Tesco store in Wellington Street, Slough.
Reading Crown Court was shown a video where Pervaiz went up to Mr Mohammed from behind and stabbed him with the knife which punctured his right lung.
Pervaiz then ran off with one person shouting “what the f***” while others screamed.
Mr Mohammed was given first aid by two police officers who were at the Tesco store before emergency services arrived but he could not be saved.
Pervaiz was working part-time at the Poundland store, on High Street, Slough, after being helped to get the job by Mr Mohammed, who managed the shop. Afsha Afsha Mohammed, the victim’s wife, was eight months pregnant when he was killed.
She had moved to the UK from India only 26 days before and has since gone back with her daughter.
Alan Blake, prosecuting, said how the two men had a “good relationship” and “spent lunchtime breaks and any free time in each other’s company”.
Mr Blake said that Pervaiz became suspicious that his friend was having an affair after his wife told him that she could smell alcohol on him. The court heard she was not happy as previously he did not drink alcohol.
Mr Blake said: “He responded by saying ‘how do you know I have had alcohol. You are using someone on the inside who is telling you this information.’
“He concluded the source of the information must be Mr Mohammed himself.”
After the killing, Pervaiz paid £140 for a cab ride to Birmingham and surrendered to police the next day.
Judge Heather Norton, sentencing, said: “Why you made the terrible decision to stab Nadeem Mohammed, only you will know.
“There is evidence to suggest that you believed, quite wrongly and without any foundation at all, that your wife had formed a relationship with Mr Mohammed.
“You reached that conclusion despite efforts from your wife and family to do everything they could to convince you that your suspicions were all in your mind.
“The fact that you deliberately chose to purchase a knife, to remove it from its packaging and wait for 13 minutes is wholly consistent with a decision by you to stab him deliberately and CCTV shows that you approached him from behind and deliberately stabbed him.
“He posed no threat to you whatsoever.”