An accountant serving a 23-year minimum life sentence for murdering his wife also stole almost $6 million from clients and family members, a WA court has heard.
An accountant serving a 23-year minimum life sentence for murdering his wife also stole almost $6 million from clients and family members, a WA court has heard.

Woman killer also stole $6m for gambling

A murderer who described himself as a "high roller" stole almost $6 million from pensioners and his own family to fuel his gambling addiction in what a WA judge described as one of the largest cases of fraud this century.

Ahmed Dawood Seedat, 38, killed his wife Fahima Yusuf, 32, at their Carlisle home in August 2018, then buried her in the backyard in a hole earlier created by a contractor, who was told it was to install a pool.

Ms Yusuf's dying words to her husband were "I love you" as he struck her with a wheel brace, then choked or suffocated her in bed while their two children slept nearby.

Seedat was sentenced last year in the WA Supreme Court to life behind bars, with a non-parole minimum of 23 years.

On Tuesday, he faced the WA District Court where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to 97 fraud and theft offences, totalling more than $5.8 million.

The court heard Seedat had stolen money from 20 victims between November 2013 and August 2018.

Judge John Prior described Seedat's offending as "one of the largest thefts or frauds that I am aware of in this century".

Seedat's financial crimes were only discovered after he was charged with murder.

Ahmed Dawood Seedat murdered his wife Fahima Yusuf and stole a total of almost $6 million from 20 people.
Ahmed Dawood Seedat murdered his wife Fahima Yusuf and stole a total of almost $6 million from 20 people.

He was a director and accountant at Banks Group but was never a registered financial adviser.

The court heard Seedat put other people's money into his own personal bank and gambling accounts, and forged paperwork, including a certificate from an auditor.

Referring to the victim impact statements, Judge Prior said they had relied on Seedat's expertise to increase their superannuation.

"The lifestyle they expected in retirement has been greatly diminished and they will have to work longer before they retire and in some cases, rely on government pensions for assistance," he said.

"Their future plans, in many cases, have been destroyed.

"Many have described the impact of your criminal behaviour as devastating."

One older victim was forced to sell her personal belongings to survive because she could not find work, the court heard.

In another case, Seedat was appointed power of attorney when his father moved overseas and sold his $1.6 million home.

Seedat said he would invest the money but instead put it into his own accounts. He later stole a further $10,000 from his father.

"You stole what was, in effect, their future," Judge Prior said.

"Your offending behaviour was deliberate, deceptive, systematic and continuing."

Judge Prior also noted Seedat had told police he was considered a "high roller".

"Your gambling addiction became totally out of control," he said.

Seedat's fraud sentence will run concurrently with his life term for murder.

*For 24-hour domestic violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636. 

Originally published as Murderer stole $6m for gambling


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