Ilford ‘Snapchat queen’ accused of planning to murder her boyfriend ‘ashamed and appalled’ by her behaviour
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A “Snapchat queen” Ilford woman who posted a shocking video of her boyfriend dying in a pool of blood is “ashamed and appalled” at her behaviour, a court heard.
Fatima Khan, 21, of Jersey Road is on trial accused of plotting with a love rival to murder Khalid Safi, 18, her boyfriend of two years.
The Afghan asylum seeker was repeatedly stabbed in the chest by Raza Khan, 19, in North Acton, north London on the evening of December 1 2016, jurors have been told.
Rather than calling for an ambulance, Ms Khan filmed Mr Safi as he laying dying in the street.
She posted it on Snapchat with a caption implying she had organised the attack as a form of retribution, the Old Bailey has heard.
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In an opening speech, defence lawyer Kerim Fuad QC said Ms Khan and Mr Safi had loved each other, even though he could be “clingy”.
He said Fatima Khan had been “left to carry the can” for a suitor who saw his chance and killed Mr Safi in a fit of “macho madness”.
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Mr Fuad said: “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.
“This was his opportunity to show his manhood in the most unmanly, cowardly way possible.”
Mr Fuad said the evidence showed “two men fighting over a woman and a woman getting the blame and left to carry the can”.
He said of the Snapchat video: “That woman was hugely callous, crass even, in taking that image of Khalid on the pavement and posting it with those words.
“If there was a charge of being callous and crass in the aftermath of this incident then she would plead guilty to that charge.
“It is, as Fatima Khan knows, shocking.”
He added the defendant will say she was “appalled” and “ashamed” of posting the video.
The barrister went on: “She may be Ilford’s Snapchat Queen. I do not say that to make light of it.
“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.”
Ms Khan denies murder and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.