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Polygamy twist adds to murder mystery

Abdul Basith, 35, was repeatedly stabbed after he was lured from his house in St George St, Kuraby, in Brisbane’s south, when power was cut just after midnight on October 25.
Abdul Basith, 35, was repeatedly stabbed after he was lured from his house in St George St, Kuraby, in Brisbane’s south, when power was cut just after midnight on October 25.

A BRISBANE restaurateur ambushed and brutally murdered execution-style was a polygamist, living with two wives.

Police are looking into every element of Abdul Basith's complicated personal life and chequered business affairs that includes tradesmen debts.

Known as a pillar in the community, Mr Basith, 35, was sharing time between his two families, The Courier-Mail has confirmed.

The father was repeatedly stabbed after he was lured from his house in St George St, Kuraby, in Brisbane's south, when power was cut just after midnight on October 25.

Mr Basith was living in two homes, spending three nights with one wife and four with the other, which was arranged, The Courier-Mail understands.

Both women knew about each other, and his relationships were known and accepted in the community.

However, it is understood he was only married to one of the women.

The added layer of complexity to the investigation comes as ­detectives delve into Mr Basith's business dealings, with debts owed for work to his restaurant.

While people in the community have described him as an upstanding family man, he is understood to have driven a hard bargain when conducting business.

He owned restaurant Sizza Indian and Middle Eastern in Kuraby, and was about to open another in Park Ridge.

The Courier-Mail understands he did not want to pay full prices for completed renovation work.

Police at the scene of Mr Basith’s murder in Kuraby.
Police at the scene of Mr Basith’s murder in Kuraby.

Friends have said he even drove an Uber to help supplement his income.

Detectives investigating the case have said they do not believe the attack was random.

They have appealed for anyone in the area between 10.30pm and 1am on the night of October 25 to come forward.

They have also appealed for dashcam footage.

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000

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