Manukau Courier : October 23rd 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014 Men charged over deaths THE TWO men charged over the deaths of a mother and her threeyear-old daughter are from Papatoetoe, police say. The bodies of Pakeeza Faizal and daughter Juwairiyah – known as Jojo – were found buried in mud under a Takapuna bridge on Saturday. A 40-year-old panelbeater appeared in the Manukau District Court charged with two murders police allege occurred in the mother’s Howick home between December 19, 2006 and February 9, 2007. Police say the man and the dead woman’s estranged husband, Faizal Kalim, who was about 24 when his wife and daughter died, knew each other. Martin Hislop, lawyer for the murder accused, told the court the man’s family were in another country and needed to be notified. He also had a 16-year-old son who needed to be told. He was remanded in custody until November 5. A 64-year-old man was charged with being an accessory after the fact to both slayings. He was granted bail by Judge Gregory Hikaka. Police say the man allegedly allowed the murder accused to stay the night at his home, knowing the victims’ bodies were in a vehicle outside. The 64-year-old was also shown the site where the bodies would be disposed of, prosecutors say. The man will be appearing at the High Court at Auckland on November 5. Detective Inspector Dave Lynch says finding the bodies was vital to the investigation and subsequent charges. The delay in police being told that the mother and daughter had gone missing posed significant challenges to the investigation. ‘‘A number of avenues of investi- gation that would have been available to us at the time were unable to be followed due to the delay,’’ he says. Immigration New Zealand con- firms the mother was a New Zealand resident when she disappeared. No other details were given. It says Jojo also appeared to be a New Zealand citizen. – Stuff.co.nz Father feels he’s failed his ‘angel’ daughter By SHABNAM DASTGHEIB The father of Jojo, the little girl found dead with her mother under an Auckland bridge, claims he contacted police about their disappearance through his lawyer in 2007. But police say no issue was raised with them until 2013. Faizal Kalim says he believes his claims were dismissed because of his criminal record and a protection order Jojo’s mother had against him. He chose to hire a private investigator to find them. But police say there are no records of Kalim, his lawyer or any other person making any reports about the pair being missing to police before 2013 when their disappearance was reported by Pakeeza’s mother. A police spokeswoman says Kalim asked his lawyer to help find an address for Pakeeza so she could be served Family Court documents in 2008-9. There were no concerns for their safety expressed in any communication, the spokeswoman says. Kalim says he feels like he failed his daughter. He says he never thought the day would come that he would hear the news of her death, even after not seeing her for years. ‘‘It didn’t hit me until I got to work, until he (the detective) came and sat down and told me what was going on. ‘‘I’m just glad that I found my little girl, that I get to see her for the last time and put her to rest.’’ Kalim said the last thing he said to Jojo was a promise to keep her safe. ‘‘I feel like I failed her. For now Beautiful angel: Jojo was just three years old when she died. I’m just glad I can bury her so she’s not lying at the bottom of a bridge somewhere.’’ He says he wants to look the murder accused in the eye and ask him if he had a child. ‘‘She was a beautiful angel and nobody deserved that. All I did all these years was work hard, it was for my little girl ...’’ Pakeeza was a good mother and a good woman, he says. ‘‘We were happily married for five years. I don’t want to say anything bad about her.’’ Their relationship had already ended when Pakeeza and Jojo were killed. Devastated dad: Faizal Kalimsays he feels like he failed his little girl. Photo: DAVID WHITE/FAIRFAX NZ Go to manukaucourier.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to hear Faizal Kalim talk about his daughter.
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