Security guard ‘not criminally responsible’ for companion’s death after stabbing him at Mirage Pyrmont

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

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

Hours after the bloody attack on Mohammed Bashir Zaheer on July 16, 2020, Jawid Jawid, 43, told doctors he intended to plead under mental health laws.

The couple had known each other for 25 years after meeting in India in their early 20s before moving to Australia. Their families had both fled Afghanistan.

They worked together in the Mirage 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 was “wanted to look for him”, culminating in a confrontation in the lobby of the building on July 16.

Witnesses saw Jawid stab Mr Zaheer several times before walking away from his friend, who was bleeding from multiple wounds in his neck, head and chest.

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

While being evaluated by a doctor, Jawid asked the doctor to “help” him by diagnosing him with a mental health issue.

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

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

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

Jawid went on to explain that he had “done it in the past” and “beat this stuff six times”.

‘I have a good lawyer, he won’t get me out of trouble, mental health is easy… what do you think?’

Despite bragging about using sanity as a defense in court, Jawid was indeed found not criminally responsible for his actions on the day his friend died.

The court determined that he suffered from a psychotic disorder and an anxiety disorder that had impaired his judgment at the time of the assault.

“He did not know that the act of stabbing the deceased was wrong, in that he could not reason with a moderate degree of sense and composure as to whether the act as perceived by reasonable people was wrong. It was because of his delusional belief of systematic persecution regarding the deceased,’ the court said.

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 around seven years ago as he rose through the ranks of the security industry  Mr Zaheer had been friends with Jawid for 25 years and gave him a job in Australia after they both left India.

Mr Zaheer (pictured) on a trip to the Blue Mountains around seven years ago as he rose through the ranks of the security industry Mr Zaheer had been friends with Jawid for 25 years and gave him a job in Australia after they both left India.

Jawid told police Mr Zaheer had “tortured” him in the months before the attack and “took everything” from him.

He believed Mr Zaheer had naked photos of him, drugged him and alleged he had been “buggered with a bottle”.

Later conversations between Jawid and investigators revealed that he believed a gang was after him and “they were playing 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 issues, and two weeks earlier he had attempted suicide.

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

Jawid told police Mr Zaheer had “tortured” him in the months before the attack and “took everything” from him.

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

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

Mr Zaheer moved to Australia in 1998 and Jawid followed a few years later, eventually getting 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 in 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 were counting on him. What a guy… I just can’t believe he left, he didn’t deserve this,’ he said.

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