Jailed: Ilford “Snapchat queen” who orchestrated and filmed boyfriend’s murder
PUBLISHED: 17:22 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:00 21 September 2018
A self-proclaimed “Snapchat queen” from Ilford who posted a video of her boyfriend dying in a pool of blood has been jailed for 14 years.
Fatima Khan, 21, of Jersey Road, plotted with a love rival to harm Afghan asylum seeker Khalid Safi, 18, whom she had been seeing for two years.
Mr Safi was repeatedly stabbed in the chest by Raza Khan in North Acton, west London, on the evening of 1 December 2016, jurors were told.
Fatima Khan filmed him as he lay dying in the street and posted it on Snapchat with the expletive-laden caption implying she had organised the entire confrontation.
The self-confessed Snapchat addict denied murder and the alternative of manslaughter saying she was ashamed of the video.
But a jury at the Old Bailey found her guilty of manslaughter by a majority of 10 to one, following 18 hours and eight minutes of deliberation.
Judge Michael Topolski QC described Fatima Khan as “cold and callous” for filming her boyfriend’s death and posting it on social media.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, from the Met’s homicide and major crime command, said: “Fatima used social media to bring about a confrontation between two young men vying for her affection.”
He added: “She posted a series of antagonising posts which she knew full well could, at the very least, result in serious harm coming to Khalid.
“When Khalid lay dying after being stabbed, her first thought was to capture the moment for social media - a truly perverse and callous course of action.
“Khalid was only 18 years old when he was killed and he had his whole life ahead of him.”
Mr Safi was found suffering stab injuries after an altercation in Victoria Road, North Acton, at around 6.30pm on December 1, 2016.
He was taken by the London Ambulance Service to a west London hospital where he died a short time later.
A post-mortem examination on the following day at Uxbridge Mortuary gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.
The court heard that Khan had been in an on-and-off relationship with Mr Safi for about two years.
But a second man, identified in court as Raza Khan, sought to be Fatima Khan’s boyfriend, the court was told.
This was said to be the cause of acrimony and fighting between Mr Safi and Raza Khan.
On the evening December 1, Mr Safi turned up at Khan’s work place , Village Security, unexpectedly.
An argument broke out between them.
Khan filmed parts of the argument and posted it on Snapchat, claiming that Mr Safi assaulted her and threatened her with a gun.
During the trial, Prosecutor Kate Bex QC told jurors that Khan and Mr Safi made their way to a Costa Coffee near to her work.
The couple were hanging around benches outside the coffee shop, before Raza Khan arrived in a minicab.
When Raza Khan arrived, he went straight up to them holding a large knife in his hand, jurors heard.
Ms Bex said: “Raza Khan spoke briefly to either the defendant or Khalid Safi and then turned to face him, at which point the prosecution suggest the knife would have been in plain view.
“Mr Safi produced a screwdriver and they began to fight.
“The fight lasted 15 seconds at most and it is caught on CCTV.
“Mr Safi died at the scene having received a number of wounds to his chest, one penetrating his heart.”
Police have renewed their appeal to trace Raza Khan in connection with the murder of Khalid Safi and a £5,000 reward for information.
His whereabouts remain unknown.
Contact police with information 020 8721 4054 or anonymously contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org