A jury has heard how Ibrahim Mahetar, 35, stabbed his 31-year-old brother, Naseer Mahetar, to death after finding out he slept with his wife.
Prosecutor Nicholas Campbell QC told the Leeds Crown Court Ibrahim Mahetar lured his younger brother and his wife to the family home and stabbed him three times while calling him a ‘wife sh**ger’ around 10pm on August 31 last year.
Father-of two Naseer Mahetar was pronounced dead at the scene and the cause of death was later determined to be a stab wound to the heart.
The court also heard how rumours of the affair between Naseer Mahetar and his sister-in-law Sabrina Mamaniat in the four months leading to the alleged murder had put a ‘strain’ on the brothers’ relationship.
Adding to the tension, Naseer Mahetar set up a similar business to that of his brother’s, putting the pair in direct competition.
The Examiner Live reported that Mr Campbell told the court: “Ibrahim Mahetar stabbed his younger brother Naseer Mahetar in the heart.
”Naseer died from that wound and that is accepted by the defence.
”The prosecution’s case is that Ibrahim Mahetar murdered his brother Naseer Mahetar – that is not accepted.
”Ibrahim Mahetar’s case is that he acted in lawful self-defence.”
He added that the day before the killing Ibrahim Mahetar recorded himself interrogating his wife about the rumour and Mrs Mamaniat allegedly admitted having sex with her brother-in-law although Naseer Mahetar had previously denied it.
The court heard Ibrahim Mahetar could be heard in the recordings telling his wife that she had ‘degraded’ him and “According to Islamic law, you have sex with my brother, we finish.”
The deceased’s widow, Asma Daji, told the court she was contacted by Ibrahim Mahetar about the alleged confession and along with her husband went to the family house the following day to discuss it.
Mrs Daji said while at the house, Ibrahim Mahetar ran at her husband with a baseball bat saying “You’re dead.”
She attempted to protect her husband from the attack but was pushed out of the way by her husband to protect her and their daughter, who she was holding in her arms.
Mrs Daji said her husband was hit with a baseball bat as he lay on the ground and Mr Campbell added Naseer Mahetar was stabbed three times, including once in the head, before his brother ran off.
When arrested, the defendant told police: “It wasn’t my fault anyway, I got attacked first.”
Richard Wright QC, defending, suggested it was Naseer Mahetar who had produced a weapon with a sharp end because he was annoyed his older brother was asking him about the rumour.
He said: ”Ibrahim Mahetar’s case is that he acted in lawful self-defence.”
Ibrahim Mahetar denies murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The trial continues.