TikTok sensation Mahek Bukhari intends to challenge her life sentence for her involvement in the fatal car chase that led to the deaths of her mother’s lover and his friend in the UK.
The 24-year-old social media influencer received a life sentence, while her mother, Ansreen, was sentenced to 26 years in prison for ambushing and fatally harming Saqib Hussain and Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin in February of the previous year. Bukhari, her mother Ansreen, and two others, Rekan Karwan and Raees Jamal, were all found guilty of murder, while three additional individuals were convicted of manslaughter.
If her appeal proves unsuccessful, Bukhari faces spending the next 31 years and 8 months behind bars before being eligible for parole in the case of what has been described as a “cold-blooded murder.”
This legal battle stems from the fallout of an affair between Ansreen and Mr. Hussain, during which he threatened to expose their relationship by sharing a sex tape with her husband.
The fatal crash occurred on February 11 the prior year, when assailants in balaclavas intentionally rammed Mr. Hussain’s Skoda off the A46 dual carriageway near Leicester, resulting in a fiery collision that claimed the lives of both Mr. Hussain and Mr. Ijazuddin, both 21 years old. The victims were identified through their dental records.
During the sentencing, the judge noted the chilling 999 call made by Mr. Hussain moments before the crash as one of the most distressing pieces of evidence he had encountered. Bukhari displayed no remorse during the trial, providing false information to the police about the chase and appearing nonchalant in court, even playing games while the jury deliberated.
Following her sentencing, Bukhari blew a kiss to her father and said, “Call me” as she was led away. Bukhari’s barrister, Christopher Millington KC, announced her intention to request leave to appeal against the conviction, with the first step involving an application to a High Court judge. If granted leave to appeal, the case will proceed to the Court of Appeal; otherwise, there is the possibility of seeking a second chance to secure leave to appeal before a panel of judges. Another defendant, Natasha Akhtar, also declared her intent to appeal.