Callous act of betrayal

Murdered - Toby Siddique
Murdered - Toby Siddique

A PROPERTY developer who ordered the cold-blooded assassination of his millionaire brother over a business row has been jailed for life.

Last month, at the end of one of Scotland’s longest murder trials, Mo Siddique and Bulgarians Tencho Andonov and Deyan Nikolov were found guilty by a jury of murdering Toby Siddique at a flat in Forres Drive, Glenrothes on October 24, 2010.

Deyan Nikolov

Deyan Nikolov

At the High Court in Edinburgh on Wednesday 28 March, judge Lord Kinclaven described the shooting of the father-of-three as “a pre-meditated and brutal murder”.

He ordered Mo Siddique (42), to serve at least 25 years before he can apply for parole, and Nikolov (27) will serve at least 18 years.

Andonov (28), who was also convicted of the attempted murder of David Dalgleish, will spend at least 29 years behind bars.

As she left court, widow Saimah Siddique (33), said her brother-in-law’s act of betrayal had destroyed four family homes.

Tencho Andonov

Tencho Andonov

She added: “Because it is in the family there is no escaping. It is going to be around us forever. Our children ... it is going to affect their future.”

Mrs Siddique said it had been hard sitting in court day after day, listening to defence lawyers blackening Toby’s name.

“My husband had a heart of gold. They portrayed him to be someone he wasn’t.

“He lived for his children and it is upsetting that the children are going to grow up without a father.”

Mo Siddique

Mo Siddique

Mrs Siddique continued: “My husband trusted him (Mo) the most. He trusted him more than he trusted me. He loved him and for him to do such an attack on his own brother, yes I feel sorry for him.

“I don’t have words for what I feel towards him but I don’t forgive him.”

Setencing Mo Siddique, Lord Kinclaven told him the jury found him to be “the driving force behind the shooting”.

He said:“This was a tragedy and continues to be a tragedy for all who knew Toby Siddique, including the other members of your two families.”

Lord Kinclaven told Andonov, as the gunman he “callously and repeatdly shot Toby Siddique in the head”.

He told Nikolov he was the link or conduit between the other two.