A 35-year-old man who murdered his younger brother after suspecting him of having an affair with his wife has been jailed for life.
Ibrahim Mahetar stabbed his 31-year-old brother, Naseer Mahetar, to death after luring him to their parents’ house in Town Street in Batley on August 31 last year.
Leeds Crown Court heard that Ibrahim stabbed his brother after believing that he had sex with his wife Sabrina Mamaniat.
The day before the killing, Ibrahim recorded himself interrogating his wife about having sex with his brother and Mrs Mamaniat admitted having sex with Naseer on one occasion.
Ibrahim contacted his brothers wife, Asma Daji, about the alleged confession and along with her husband she went to the family house the following day to discuss it.
Once in the house, Ibrahim attacked his brother with a baseball bat while shouting “You’re dead” before stabbing him three times, including to the heart, head and arm.
The violent attack happened in front of Naseer’s wife, who was holding their two-year-old child, and his mother Aysha Mahetar.
The defendant’s children were also in the house at the time and saw their uncle dying in the backyard.
Sentencing, Judge Rodney Jameson QC told the defendant: “All this because of your irrational obsession that your wife was unfaithful.”
Speaking about Naseer Mahetar’s youngest daughter, who was present during the murder, the judge told the defendant: “You may not have been expecting to see [her], but you did not let that stop your murderous assault on him.”
He added: “I do not conclude that you planned to kill him. I am, however, satisfied that you did intend to kill him when you stabbed him three times.”
In a statement read out to the court yesterday, Naseer Mahetar’s widow Mrs Daji said: “All I could see when I closed my eyes was Naseer lying on the floor after he had been attacked. That image has not faded and remains with me, particularly at night.”
The judge jailed the Ibrahim for life with a minimum of 16 years and 188 days.