A former Ladysmith resident will be facing at least 23 years behind bars in a Western Australian prison, according to the New Zealand Herald.
This comes after 37-year-old Ahmed Dawood Seedat pleaded guilty to murdering his 32-year-old wife Fahima Yusuf at their home in Carlisle, Western Australia in August 2018.
He allegedly murdered her while their children were sleeping, before proceeding to bury her in their backyard. Apparently, he was hoping to pursue a relationship with her sister.
The New Zealand Herald reports that Seedat planned the murder for weeks, so he would be free to pursue a relationship with his sister-in-law.
He was sentenced on Tuesday, May 28, to a minimum of 23 years in prison.
Born in Durban, Seedat lived in Ladysmith before moving to Australia as a youngster. After completing his school and tertiary education in Australia, Seedat apparently worked at an Australian accounting firm.
What makes the incident even more tragic, is that according to UK publication Daily Star, Yusuf was in bed when Seedat attacked her. She reportedly mouthed the words, “I love you” as Seedat beat her with a wheel spanner, before finally suffocating her and burying her in the back garden.
His internet history reportedly shows a search history for burying a cat, burying someone alive and, can you marry your brother-in-law if your sister is a dead Muslim?
Showing his determination to kill his wife, he apparently hired a contractor to dig the hole, claiming he wanted to build a swimming pool for their children.
Following her brutal death, he allegedly told his sister-in-law that Yusuf had left him while telling friends and other family members that she went to the UK for eye surgery.
A Ladysmith resident apparently told the Sunday Tribune that the family visited South Africa every three to four years to visit family, with one of Seedat’s uncles still living in Ladysmith.
With the tragic end to Yusuf’s life, the Newcastillian expresses its heartfelt condolences to Yusuf’s family and children.