A TikTok star branded a ‘cold-blooded killer’ after recruiting a gang to murder two men lied to police and boasted of her fame while in custody.
Mahek Bukhari and her mum Ansreen recruited hitmen to ram a car into Saqib Hussain and Hashim Ijazuddin, both 21, in February 2022.
The car chase in Leicestershire came after Mr Hussain threatened to reveal an affair he had been having with Ansreen, 46.
Now, in a newly released video of her custody interview from February 2022, Mahek, 24, boasted of her 160,000 followers on TikTok.
Mahek tells officers: ‘I don’t know if I should mention this now, but I am out there on social media, I am a social media influencer.’
A newly released video of Mahek Bukhari’s custody interview shows her lying to police
After being asked the question, Mahek responds with a straight ‘no’
Mahek Bukhari and her mother, both of Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, have been jailed for life for murder
Saqib Hussain (left), 21, and his friend Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin (right), also 21, were killed in a fireball on the A46 near Leicester in February 2022 after a fatal 100mph car chase
Later, when asked by officers if she was responsible for the deaths of Mr Hussain and Mr Ijazuddin, she replied: ‘No’.
Mahek had an income from brand promotion which involved getting paid to go to events with her mum Ansreen.
She regularly shared snippets of her life, including outfits, make-up and handbags, and also appeared in videos alongside her mother.
Ansreen later began a relationship with Saqib Hussain. Both had been having an affair and when the 46-year-old ended the relationship, he threatened to send explicit images.
Both Mahek and Ansreen later lured Hussian to a car park and promised him £3,000.
However, Mahek and Ansreen recruited a masked gang who ambushed Mr Hussain and Mr Ijazuddin
The gang chased the pair in their Skoda Fabia on the A46 before they crashed into a tree in a ball of flames.
Mahek boasts of her lifestyle as a TikTok influencer during the custody interview
Mahek Bukhari (left) and her mother Ansreen Bukhari (right) were found guilty of the murders of Saqib Hussain and Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin in a high-speed car chase in February 2022
TikTok influencer Mahek Bukhari (right) and her mother Ansreen Bukhari (left) have been jailed
During the car chase, Mr Hussain called 999 and said several people in two cars were trying to ram them off the road and kill them.
The clip was released ahead of the release of ITV documentary, TikTok: Murder Gone Viral — The Mother & Daughter Killers later on Tuesday.
Senior investigating officer in the case Detective Inspector Mark Parish, from Leicestershire Police, tells the documentary: ‘The only time I notice any remorse is when Mahek hears the 999 call being played to her.
‘But I’m not sure it’s remorse at the call. I think it’s more to do with the fact that she recognises how serious a position she is in.’
Mahek’s ex-boyfriend Azhar adds: ‘She would take her mum to shisha lounges, she would take her to clubs that they would get promoted for – paid for.
‘They were living the high life, they were literally clubbing 24/7, going everywhere together… She’s trying to act like her daughter. It was really unusual.’
Mahek, who the judge branded ‘entirely self-obsessed’ at Leicester Crown Court was jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 31 years and eight months.
Ansreen was jailed for life and given a minimum term of 26 years and nine months.
Judge Timothy Spencer KC told Mahek: ‘Your tawdry fame as an influencer has made you utterly self obsessed with… no apparent awareness of the impact you have on others, oblivious to the damage you do.’
The judge pointed to the negative impact of social media in the background to the murders.
Addressing the daughter, he said: ‘Your tawdry fame through your career as an influencer has made you utterly self-obsessed with a wholly unjustified sense of entitlement and no apparent awareness of the impact you have on others, oblivious to the damage you do.
‘That your solution to your mother’s problems was to engage some of your male followers to beat up Saqib Hussain speaks volumes of your warped values and maybe also of the false world of influencing that you so enthusiastically espoused.’
The court heard that Bukhari was aware of her mother’s affair and was ‘happy to tolerate it, if not approve of it’.
Mr Hussain was targeted when he threatened to tell Ansreen’s husband and son about the affair.
The scene of the wreckage of Mr Ijazuddin’s car on the A46 in February 2022
The judge continued: ‘The prosecution categorised this as a story of love, obsession and extortion and in that they were right. They were also right in categorising this case as one of cold-blooded murder.’
The judge said Bukhari’s mother’s head had been turned by the ‘perceived glamour’ of her daughter’s career.
He told her: ‘You are the grown-up in this group and you should have behaved as the grown-up but you allowed your understandable concern about exposure to strip you of any rational judgement.’
Det Insp Parish concluded: “If it wasn’t for social media, I do believe that Saqib and Hashim would be alive today.”
It comes as Sajad Hussain, Mr Hussain’s father, attacked his son’s murderers.
He told The Sun on Monday that Ansreen’s ‘fame’ off the back of her daughter’s TikTok success meant ‘she thought she was untouchable, above the law’.