Man guilty of Heathrow suitcase murder of Fatima Kama
- 22 August 2011
- From the section London
A man who stabbed a woman to death and then travelled on a train with the body in a suitcase has been convicted of murder.
Youseff Wahid, 42, was spotted on CCTV heaving the case on to the Heathrow Express before dumping it in a car park, the Old Bailey heard.
He had attacked "vivacious" Fatima Kama, 28, when she stayed at his brother's flat in London in 1999.
Wahid fled to Beirut but was finally tracked down in Bahrain.
Miss Kama was on a week-long visit to London from Canada in July 1999 when she was attacked in the property on Edgware Road.
She had been repeatedly stabbed and had her throat slashed.
Wahid then took her body on the train from Paddington station to an airport car park.
Adrian Darbishire, prosecuting, said Wahid was seen on CCTV carrying the "very heavy" suitcase on the train.
The next morning, he had shaved off his moustache and left the UK for Beirut in his native Lebanon where extradition was not possible.
But Mr Darbishire said he could not escape "the long arm of Scotland Yard" as detectives tracked him to Bahrain.
It is believed that is the first time anyone has been extradited to the UK from there.
DNA from the body linked him to Miss Kama whose blood was found on carpets and skirting boards.
Miss Kama's family had alerted police when she failed to turn up at Montreal airport.
'Vivacious and attractive'
The court had been told Miss Kama lived her life "like Holly Golightly", the fun-loving Audrey Hepburn character in the 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's film.
Mr Darbishire said: "She was a vivacious and attractive young woman who had a number of rich admirers."
But Wahid on the other hand, was "neither rich or attractive to Fatima Kama".
Wahid refused to go into court before the end of the prosecution case, and turned down legal representation.
But he returned to the dock on Monday to hear the guilty verdict.
He has now asked for legal representation for the sentencing hearing in October after being told by the judge he could receive a minimum jail term of 30 years.