Nephew charged over murder of Brisbane restaurant owner Abdul Mohammed
By Kate McKenna
Za’id Abdus Samad is driven into the Brisbane watch house by detectives. (ABC News: Talissa Siganto)
Police probing death of Kuraby man search for ‘cutting implement’ believed used in attack
Za’id Abdus Samad, 21, has been charged over the 2017 murder of his uncle, Brisbane restaurant owner Abdul Basith Mohammed.
The 35-year-old father of four was killed outside his Kuraby home in October 2017 after venturing out to investigate a power issue.
His wife and children were home at the time of the attack.
During the investigation detectives said some sort of “cutting implement” was used to inflict Mr Mohammed’s “significant injuries”.
Police said a second crime scene was set up at another Kuraby home last year where forensic officers carried out “a thorough examination of the dwelling and surrounds”.
Acting Superintendent Craig Morrow said the release of CCTV footage from a nearby property had been very helpful to the investigation.
“We had a number of people contact police in regard to what they perceived from watching the footage as the person they believed it was — whether that was how the person walked, the shape, the size of the person — it really helped our case,” he said.
Acting Superintendent Morrow would not elaborate on the alleged motive behind the murder.
He said it would be alleged the power was turned off to lure Mr Mohammed out of the house.
He said today’s arrest followed “excellent work” from police over a lengthy period.
Acting Superintendent Morrow also praised members of the public who contacted investigators, adding that a $250,000 reward for information remained in place.
“We encourage any person who may still have information to come forward,” he said.
He said at this stage nobody had “made an application” to claim that reward.
Mr Samad did not appear when the case was briefly mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court today.
No details were read out and his lawyer, Brendan Beavon, asked for the case to be adjourned.
Mr Beavon told the ABC he had not taken instructions from his client yet about the charge.
Mr Samad has since been remanded in custody.
Close friends have been shocked by the death of Mr Mohammed, describing him as a man who worked “tirelessly” to provide for his children.
Friend Abu Amaan said he had “contributed significantly to the Muslim community in Brisbane”.
Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri said Mr Mohammed’s death had been a shock to the community and he hoped justice would be served.
“It’s been sad from the beginning — the deceased was a very good man and [he] lost his life in sad circumstances,” Mr Kadri said.
“We have our sympathies with the family of the deceased and, hopefully, justice will be served and they can find some closure.”
The matter will return to court on February 4.