UK NewsDistraught widow of murdered dad-of-four says "every day is now a challenge"
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The heartbroken widow of tragic Caldercruix man Mohammed Sammour has revealed “every day is a challenge without him”.
Scott Pearson, 22, was found guilty last week of murdering Mohammed, 49, as he worked as a security supervisor by reversing over him in a van at a housing development in Newarthill last October.
Mohammed’s widow, and mother of his four children, Fidaa, 40, has revealed her husband was a “quiet, friendly man” who “always talked so positively about Scotland” and added: “I did not think that such a man could be murdered in this country.”
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Devastated Fidaa says that when a police officer told her Mohammed had been murdered, four words embedded in her mind.
She explained: “He told me they had found a dead body and a burned van. Dead body, burned van; those words told me everything.
“My husband was dead and it was not a normal death. It was such a terrible shock.”
Mohammed had been killed during what should have been a routine shift as a security guard supervisor.
Palestinians raised in Jordan’s capital of Amman, the couple had known each other since they were children.
Fidaa said: “Mohammed was a quiet and friendly man. I loved him, absolutely. He was everything to me.
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“He was my family, my husband, the friend I turned to day and night; he was my Google, my fixer, the person I phoned if I was lost, my interpreter when I couldn’t find an English word.
“He really was everything. Every day is a challenge without him.”
Pearson was found guilty of murdering Mohammed, while acting with two others.
Co-accused Ryan Hunter had already admitted culpable homicide over the death of Mohammed after he was brutally attacked, being left “partially scalped” and with leg and rib injuries after being dragged from his van, hit with a brick and reversed over while he lay unconscious. He died from chest, head and pelvic wounds.
Mohammed was set upon after confronting an 18-year-old – who cannot be named for legal reasons – who had used a knuckle duster to smash a window in his van.
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Mohammed Abu Sammour was killed during a routine shift as a security guard in Newarthill, Lanarkshire.
Mr Sammour had lived in Scotland for 17 years; it was his home and he had made many friends.
He married in 2006 and Fidaa, a computer scientist, gave up her job in Jordan to join him in Scotland; he assured her it was a welcoming country.
Mohammed immersed himself in the community, was kind and generous with his time, taking friends’ children to play football and helping anyone who needed him.
The couple had four boys, now aged 11, nine, seven and two, who all adored their father.
Fidaa said: “He always helped me as a husband. We discussed and worked things through together.
“He was a great father and the children loved him so much. He would pack us all in the car and take us out for the day, we would go to the park and he would barbecue. He loved that.”
Mohammed worked for security firm Osprey and was a conscientious employee.
His last shift was for 12 hours, a Saturday into Sunday, and he left home about 4pm after he and Fidaa shared some food together; as usual, before he left, Fidaa told him: “God be with you.”
At her request, Mohammed stopped off to check on the boys playing in a nearby park and he called Fidaa to say he had told them not to be late for dinner. It was the last time she would speak to him.
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The next day, she got up expecting him to be home. She couldn’t reach him on his phone and instinctively knew something was wrong.
She said: “I thought maybe he had a car accident. Never did I think he had been murdered.”
It was 6pm when police officers came to Fidaa’s house. She added: “I believed it immediately when they said he was dead because I knew that, otherwise, he would have found a way to contact me no matter what.”
Each day during Pearson’s trial at the High Court in Glasgow, Fidaa sat beside her lawyer Aamer Anwar and surrounded by women from the Muslim community who had filled the rows around her in solidarity.
She said: “At least I felt that someone was trying to help me and be there to support me.”
Fidaa sat feet from Pearson and Hunter, listening to the awful details of Mohammed’s death. She heard how he had been found dying on the ground, praying to God as his life ebbed away.
Fidaa said: “I wanted to honour my husband by being there and I wanted to know the details but it was so hard.
“To hear that he had been so hurt and treated so badly. I try to forget those details but I can’t.”
Fidaa is grateful that justice has been served but added: “Emotionally, I don’t think anything can help me right now.”
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