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Undercover cop takes stand in murder trial

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/04/2016
Mubarak Yusef and her three-year-old daughter Juwairiyah Kalim were murdered. © NZ Police Mubarak Yusef and her three-year-old daughter Juwairiyah Kalim were murdered.

An undercover officer has begun telling a jury how police built up the trust of a double murder-accused man over a period of six months before he allegedly confessed to the killings - but just how they did it can't be reported.

Kamal Reddy, 42, is standing trial accused of the killing of his partner, Mubarak Yusuf, and her toddler, Juwairiyah "Jojo" Kalim, in the High Court at Auckland.

The Crown says Reddy unwittingly told undercover police officers he had strangled 24-year-old Ms Yusuf - also known as Pakeeza Faizal - with an electric cord and smothered the three-year-old before taking police to their bodies under the Takapuna Landing Bridge in October 2014.

Although police believe the pair were killed in their Howick home in late 2006 or early 2007, they were not reported missing until 2013 by Ms Yusuf's mother, Mubarak Rojina Banu.

An undercover officer, who cannot be named, on Thursday began telling a jury about the protracted police operation in 2014 that led to the alleged confession.

The details of the police sting are suppressed, but it can be reported the plan involved a "series of simulated criminal scenarios" in which the accused joined undercover officers over six months.

Earlier, another officer, Detective David Sanday told the court when Reddy was questioned over the missing pair in 2013, he told police Ms Yusuf had told him she was picking up an aunt from the airport, with plans to go to Wellington - before vanishing.

He also said Ms Yusuf had told him she had bought plane tickets to Australia and not even Ms Yusuf's mother knew about the aunt she was meeting.

In a second statement, Reddy said he and Ms Yusuf shared bank accounts and knew each other's PIN numbers.

Police intelligence analyst Helen Little told the court there had been a sudden change in Ms Yusuf's accounts in January 2007, where everything but automatic payments stopped, apart from a series of ATM withdrawals in Auckland.

Meanwhile Reddy's accounts saw a drop in use from March.

Earlier in the week, Ms Banu said Reddy had confronted her about reporting the pair missing, saying police were "hassling" him.

Another officer, Senior Constable Amarjeet Kumar, said Mr Reddy had told him Ms Yusuf's family had asked him for $10,000 over an immigration arrangement, but he had turned it down because his work had sorted it for him.

The defence says Reddy was pressured into making a false confession by the undercover officers.

He only knew the location of the bodies because he had suggested the spot to the real killer, lawyer Jonathan Krebs said.

The trial continues.

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