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Security guard ‘not criminally responsible’ for death of mate after stabbing him in Mirage Pyrmont

Mohammed Bashir Zaheer (pictured) was stabbed to death on the morning of July 16, 2020.  He has been pictured at a family wedding six months earlier

Mohammed Bashir Zaheer (pictured) was stabbed to death on the morning of July 16, 2020. He has been pictured at a family wedding six months earlier

A security guard who stabbed his 25-year-old best friend was not “criminally responsible” for the crime due to substantial mental health issues, a court has found.

Within hours of the bloody attack on Mohammed Bashir Zaheer on July 16, 2020, Jawid Jawid, 43, told doctors he planned to plead under mental health laws.

The couple had known each other for 25 years after meeting in India in their early twenties before moving to Australia. Their families had both fled Afghanistan.

They worked together at the Mirage apartment building in Pyrmont, where Mr. Zaheer worked as a building manager and employed Jawid as his assistant.

But the relationship slowly deteriorated as Jawid grew increasingly paranoid that Mr. Zaheer “wanted to get him,” culminating in a showdown in the building’s foyer on July 16.

Witnesses saw Jawid stab Mr Zaheer multiple times before running away from his friend, who was bleeding from multiple wounds to his neck, head and torso.

Jawid was later found drunk and passed out in a parking garage in Parramatta. He was taken to hospital where he made unsolicited confessions about the incident several times.

While he was being assessed by a doctor, Jawid asked the doctor to “help” him by diagnosing him with a mental illness.

‘Come on doctor. Mental health, what do you think? Sign some papers and say it’s mental health,” the court heard.

Jawid Jawid, 41, (pictured) admitted to stabbing his 25-year-old friend but pleaded not guilty to murder through mental health disorder

Jawid Jawid, 41, (pictured) admitted to stabbing his 25-year-old friend but pleaded not guilty to murder through mental health disorder

Jawid went on to explain that he had “done it in the past” and “hit this sort of thing six times.”

“I’ve got a good lawyer, he’ll get me off it no problem. Mental health is easy…what do you think?”

Indeed, despite boasting of using mental health as a defense in court, Jawid was not found criminally responsible for his actions on the day of his friend’s death.

The court determined that he was suffering from a psychotic disorder and an anxiety disorder that impaired his judgment at the time of the attack.

He did not know that the act of stabbing the deceased was wrong, in the sense that he could not reason with a moderate degree of feeling and composure as to whether the act as perceived by reasonable people was wrong. This was because of his systemized delusional pursuit of the deceased,” the court heard.

Two psychiatrists determined that he “understood the nature and quality of his act, but did not know that the act was wrong.”

Mr Zaheer (pictured) on a trip to the Blue Mountains about seven years ago as he worked his way up the security industry ladder.  Mr Zaheer had been friends with Jawid for 25 years and gave him a job in Australia after they both moved from India

Mr Zaheer (pictured) on a trip to the Blue Mountains about seven years ago as he worked his way up the security industry ladder. Mr Zaheer had been friends with Jawid for 25 years and gave him a job in Australia after they both moved from India

Jawid told police that Mr Zaheer had “tortured” him in the months leading up to the attack and “took everything from him.”

He believed Mr Zaheer had nude photos of him, drugged him and claimed he was “poisoned with a bottle.”

Subsequent conversations between Jawid and investigating officers revealed that he believed a gang was after him and “they played with his head,” adding that the “deceased just wanted to get him drunk so he could kill him.”

The court heard that Jawid had been hospitalized eight times for mental health problems, and had attempted suicide two weeks earlier.

Jawid’s lawyer also argued in court that his client suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after fleeing war-torn Afghanistan.

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Jawid told police Mr Zaheer had ‘tortured’ him in the months leading up to the attack and ‘took everything from him’

A woman (pictured) was helped by loved ones as she rushed to the crime scene

A woman (pictured) was helped by loved ones as she rushed to the crime scene

Mr Zaheer moved to Australia in 1998 and Jawid followed a few years later and eventually landed a job with his old friend’s security company.

Ex-brother-in-law Jamil ‘AJ’ Hefan previously told Daily Mail Australia that Mr Zaheer saved Jawid’s life when he was stabbed in the stomach in India.

“Bashir helped him to the hospital and gave him money to help him recover,” he said.

Mr Hefan said Mr Zaheer was a devout Muslim who prayed five times a day, and never drank alcohol, smoked or ‘even looked at another man’s wife’.

“His two sisters trusted him. What a guy… I just can’t believe he’s gone, he didn’t deserve this,” he said.

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