Toby widow seeks £1.5m damages

Mohammed (Toby) Siddique
Mohammed (Toby) Siddique

THE widow of murdered Kirkcaldy businessman Toby Siddique is suing her jailed brother-in-law for damages of £1.75 million.

And this week at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, Saimah Siddique secured a court order preventing Mohammed ‘Mo’ Siddique (42), from disposing of his assets.

Mo Siddique (pictured), was jailed for a minimum of 25 years last month after he was found guilty of murdering his brother and business associate, along with Bulgarian gunman Tencho Andonov (28), of Livingston, and Deyan Nikolov (27), from Kirkcaldy who acted as a go-between in the deal.

Life sentences

Andonov was ordered to serve at least 29 years and Nikolov was given a minimum term of 18 years under their life sentences.

Mrs Siddique (33) has raised a personal injuries action against the convicted killer seeking £1m damages on her own behalf and £250,000 for each of her three children.

She is also seeking £10,000 in her capacity as her late husband’s executor for his pain and suffering as a result of the shooting.

The investigation into the slaying of Toby Siddique (38), prompted one of the largest and most complex inquiries undertaken by Fife police and cost in excess of £1.5m.

Point blank

Mr Siddique was murdered at a house in Forres Drive, Glenrothes, on October 24, 2010 when Andonov produced a gun and shot him at point blank range.

In her damages claim the widow said the police caught the man who carried out the shooting and he was hired to kill her late husband by his brother and an associate of his who at one time worked for him as a bouncer at Blue Mondays nightclub.

She said as a result of Siddique’s actions she and her children have suffered loss and damage. Mrs Siddique said she had has been “deprived of the society of her husband to whom she has been happily married for over 12 years”.

Mrs Siddique was said not to be employed at the time of her husband’s death and was wholly dependant on him for support. The school age children were also dependant on their father.

In her pleadings in the civil action it was said that Mrs Siddique “reasonably suspects that Mo Siddique is making efforts to dispose of assets to defeat her claim”.

Following a brief hearing, Lord Menzies agreed to grant an inhibition on Siddique, who was not represented at the hearing.