Kuraby murder victim Abdul Basith
Kuraby murder victim Abdul Basith

Two wives, one murder ... zero suspects

A BRISBANE restaurateur ambushed and brutally ­murdered created bad blood in his family over one of his two wives.

News Queensland can reveal there were issues between Abdul Basith and relatives after he took his brother's stepdaughter as his bride, despite already being married.

His intertwined family life and business dealings where he owed debts are understood to have added a layer of ­complexity to the case for ­investigators.

Detectives have said they have no firm suspects in the case, however remain confident they will solve it.

Mr Basith, 35, was repeatedly stabbed after being lured from his house in St George St, Kuraby, in Brisbane's south, when power was cut just after midnight on October 25 last year.

Kuraby Murder, Abdul Basith
Kuraby Murder, Abdul Basith

He was living in two homes, spending three nights with one wife and four with the other, which was arranged, News Queensland understands.

Mr Basith's first wife is heavily pregnant and expecting her third child to him within days. He has one other child to his second wife.

Both women knew about each other and it is understood he was legally ­married only to one.

His brother Mohammed Abdus Samad, 44, stood behind police at an appeal earlier this year, but did not speak.

News Queensland understands the family was in a disagreement over Mr Basith being in a relationship with Mr Samad's stepdaughter.

Mr Samad married a caucasian woman, 52, born in Australia, who has converted to Islam. She had a daughter from a previous relationship.

Friends also claim the brothers had a chequered past after being in two failed businesses together.

The pair ran a Nandos shop on the Gold Coast, but that was unsuccessful. They then ran a tile franchise in the Underwood area, but it also failed.

Mohammed Abdus Samad appeared at a media call earlier this year as police appealed for information about the case and offered a reward. Picture: John Gass/AAP
Mohammed Abdus Samad appeared at a media call earlier this year as police appealed for information about the case and offered a reward. Picture: John Gass/AAP

When News Queensland attempted to speak to Mr Basith's brother, a man at the house said he was not there, adding he would not give out a contact number.

A friend said Mr Basith was a "moderate religious guy", who was professional, intelligent and educated.

"Four or five years back, there was some serious problems in the family," the friend said.

"Then there was something, the brother's stepdaughter, she started liking the living style of the family (of Abdul Basith).

"Because he was moderate religious kind of guy, he goes sometimes to the mosque, but he was very open-minded too, so he wasn't like a really Islamist kind of guy."

The friend said when Mr Basith's first child was born, his wife and the brother's stepdaughter became close friends. There was a clash over family-run businesses run by the brothers, the friend said.

"They had some tiling business before - the business didn't go very well," they said.

"He left his very good job to help him in the tiling business. And when it didn't go well, his brother blamed him.

"Abdul was saying I had a good job, quitted the job, just so I could help your business.

"This was the clash."

Mr Basith later opened ­restaurant Sizza Indian and Middle Eastern in Kuraby, and was about to open another in Park Ridge.

News Queensland understands that disputes arose over payment for completed renovations of the Park Ridge restaurant.

The Kuraby restaurant is still run by his wife/family.

Another friend said Mr Basith's first wife was now "living in fear".

A $250,000 reward has been offered for information that helps lead to the conviction of his killer or killers. An indemnity from prosecution is also offered for any accomplice, so long as they did not commit the murder.

They have appealed for anyone in the area between 10.30pm and 1am on the night of October 25 to come forward.

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000

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