The widow of a murder victim yesterday (Wednesday) secured a £1.5 million settlement after suing her brother-in-law for pay damages over the assassination of her husband.
Saimah Siddique secured a court order on Tuesday that convicted killer Mohammed Azam Siddique -known as Mo- was liable to pay compensation for her and her children following his murder of his own brother along with two Bulgarian accomplices.
Mrs Siddique’s husband, Mohammed Nadeem Siddique - known as Toby - was gunned down at a flat in Forres Drive, Glenrothes, on October 24, 2010. His brother and two others, Tencho Andonov and Deyan Nikolov, were found guilty of the murder following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh in 2012 and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Mrs Siddique’s counsel Simon Di Rollo QC told the Court of Session in Edinburgh when proceedings resumed yesterday that an agreement had been reached between the parties and that Siddique would pay a sum of money in full and final settlement. Mr Di Rollo said the sum in the decree would be £1,511,665.
The counsel said: “It is an unusual case in the sense that one does not come across, very often, allegations of murder in a civil case.”
“As far as the importance of the claim the first pursuer’s (Mrs Siddique) position is that her husband was her full means of support and her children’s full means of support and his death deprived her of that full means of support,” said Mr Di Rollo.
He said the mother-of-three was previously a housewife who looked after the children. He said: “She has had to take over the running of her husband’s affairs and manage as best she can.”
Mr Di Rollo said: “She has had significant financial problems as a result of the murder of the deceased.”The counsel said there was a “significant financial mess” to clear up.
The counsel said as far as he was aware the older brother had taken steps to divest himself of assets and Mrs Siddique was keen to get on with the process of recovering money due.
Lord Burns said he would pronounce decree in the sum set and made various other ancillary order.
The judge had earlier made an order finding Siddique “liable in reparation” and said that the civil case brought against him by his sister-in-law will be limited to assessing the amount of damages.
The court heard that Siddique would not be defending the damages claim on the merits, although he had previously denied being responsible for the fatal assault on his 38-year-old brother in the pleadings in the action.
Mrs Siddique (35), of Kirkcaldy, raised the action against her brother-in-law, formerly of Glenfoyle Lodge, Auchtertool, claiming £1 million and further sums of £250,000 for each of the couple’s three school age children.