A grieving mother whose daughter was murdered by a man she had met on a Muslim dating app has revealed how the murderer taunted her with texts from her dead daughter’s phone.
Taxi driver Sammy Almahri met Nadine Aburas, 28 on a Muslim dating app and posed as a millionaire property tycoon.
When Nadine attempted to end their relationship after being raped and assaulted by Almahri, he threatened to post sexual images and videos of her online if she didn’t stay with him.
He eventually lured Nadine into a hotel room in Cardiff by asking her to return her passport. She decided to go so she could get the pictures of herself back.
He then raped and murdered her and tried to make it look like a suicide before fleeing to Qatar in the Middle East and then on to Tanzania, Africa – all the while texting Nadine’s mother Andrea, telling her she was next.
Nadine’s body was found at around 12.20pm on New Year’s Eve by the duty manager and the police were called in.
Nadine’s mother, Andrea, has now appeared in a documentary where she spoke of her ‘unimaginable horror’ after Almahri killed her daughter.
Andrea said after her body was found, the family received texts sent from Nadine’s phone, threatening that they would be his next victims and telling them ‘it’s your fault’.
As she fights back tears on the show, she reveals: ‘We were, once again, thrown into this despair of unbelievable, unimaginable horror of having Nad’s phone text us and insult and assault us.’
Nadine’s younger sister Aneesa said Almahri’s was using the texts as a twisted way to entertain himself.
Aneesa said: ‘My mum got a text from Nadine’s phone and it said something along the lines of “It’s your fault. You’re next.” He would send messages saying ”’your brother killed her, it wasn’t me”.
‘He had the confidence to parade the fact that there was a dead body in that room. And he would call up as though it was an entertainment.’
Forensic psychologist Dr Ruth Tully explained that Almahri was getting gratification from sending the texts messages.
Dr Tully explained: ‘Almahri’s taunting of Nadine’s family by making phone calls to them from Nadine’s phone seems a particularly callous act.
‘I think that it’s possible that he was getting some gratification from that but it seems a very erratic thing to do. This erratic behaviour hints at a lifestyle that’s very, very unstable and someone actually that’s very dangerous.’
After an international police hunt, Almahri was eventually located in Tanzania and arrested on an Interpol arrest warrant on January 19, before being returned to Britain.
In 2016 he was jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 years before he can apply for parole.