Sayefundeen Aslam Del Vecchio and Mussa Ahmad Jackson appear to be converts to Islam. How did converts to the Religion of Peace get the crazy idea that their new god would reward them for brutally murdering a pair of elderly botanists? It’s a total mystery! Can anyone explain? Mental illness, perhaps?
“ISIS link of ‘killers who murdered British couple and fed them to crocodiles’: Suspects accused of South Africa horror ‘had Islamic State leaflets’ and texted about ‘killing the kuffar,’” by Chris Jewers and Jamie Pyatt, MailOnline, October 5, 2022:
The alleged killers of a British couple who were brutally murdered before their bodies were fed to crocodiles had suspected links to ISIS, according to reports.
Respected botanists Rod Saunders, 74, and wife Rachel, 63, were in South Africa when they were targeted, kidnapped, beaten to death and then put in their sleeping bags and thrown into a river infested with the beasts.
Sayefundeen Aslam Del Vecchio, 39, his wife Bibi Fatima Patel, 28, and their lodger at the time Mussa Ahmad Jackson, 35, all deny kidnap, murder, robbery and theft. They are currently standing trial at Durban High Court.
It has now been revealed that detectives found pamphlets relating to the Islamic State terrorist group, along with an ISIS flag, at the defendant’s home when they were arrested, local reports say, according to The Times.
Del Vecchio, who converted to Islam, and Patel, whose father is a Muslim cleric, have both been included on South African security force’s watchlists.
Del Vecchio had been caught on a quadbike watching planes at Durban’s King Shaka airport more than two years before the murders.
What’s more, messages on WhatsApp and Telegram found on their phone showed the suspects discussed plans to ‘kill the kuffar [non-believer] and abduct their alias, to destroy infrastructure and put fear in the heart of the kuffar’. The suspects also described Rod and Rachael Saunders as ‘prey’ who were ripe for a ‘hunt’.
The charge that the suspects had links to Islamic State has not been submitted to the court, according to The Times.
The British couple spent six months a year scouring wild mountains and forests for sought-after-stock for their thriving worldwide mail-order business.
But while on their travels, it was said they met a gruesome end.
Their badly decomposed bodies, which had been devoured by the reptiles when they were pulled out of the water by fishermen days later, were unrecognisable as the missing couple and were brought to mortuaries.
It was only months later – when police could find no trace of the British couple – that they ordered all unidentified or unclaimed bodies in morgues to be DNA tested. It was then that Rod and Rachel were identified.
The full-scale hunt for the seed hunters had already resulted in four arrests – three of them have been charged with their murder, kidnap, robbery and theft of the married couple.
Del Vecchio, wife Bibi Fatima Patel, and their then-lodger Jackson deny the charges.
The fourth suspect, who was found to have bought cell phones belonging to the Saunders but was not involved in the kidnap and killing, was given a suspended sentence in return for vital evidence.
Around two percent of the population in South African is Muslin [sic], and it has never suffered a major Islamist attack. However, it has become a hot-bed of dirty money financing terrorism in southern and east Africa, the Times reports.
Large-scale trafficking of drugs, weapons and people have been facilitated by South Africa’s weak security institutions and permeable borders. This has allowed terrorist groups to fill their coffers….