A TikTok video has betrayed the “insensitive” nature of Louise Kam’s killers as one of her killers turns to music in the driveway of her £1.3m rental property.
Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie took over the investigation after the 71-year-old wealthy businesswoman was reported missing by her son in July 2021.
Ms. Kam’s family had become suspicious of text messages allegedly coming from her, implying that she had fled to China after stealing millions of pounds.
In reality, he had been tricked by two crooks and taken to a meeting at his rental property in Barnet, north London, where he was strangled with a hair dryer cord and rudely dumped in a wheelie bin.
As a missing persons investigation turns into a suspected murder, Metropolitan Police officers uncovered a chilling video on social media and CCTV trying to get the killers to get away with murder.
Two videos were shared on TikTok by 28-year-old delivery driver Mohamed El-Abboud, who moved into Kam’s Barnet home as part of the conspiracy, along with 25-year-old kebab chef Kusai Al-Jundi, to steal his living savings.
In the first, the Romanian national, El-Abboud, is seen boastfully showing people around the three-bedroom detached house and treating it as his own.
The second TikTok video, filmed the day after the murder, showed Ms. Kam moving her BMW and selling it to an unsuspecting buyer while dancing in new clothes on the driveway.
Speaking as the two scammers were found guilty of murdering Ms. Kam following the Old Bailey trial, Mr. Howie described the TikTok video as “disgusting”.
A senior Metropolitan Police officer told the PA news agency: “This shows that both of these are disgusting men with no moral compass and no respect for people.
“He sold Louise’s car to unsuspecting buyers, used the proceeds to buy new clothes, and then shot a disgusting short TikTok video of her spinning and dancing like nothing had happened even though she knew she had killed Louise the previous day and then tried to eliminate her.
“None of them show remorse during this trial.”
As part of the murder investigation, police scanned thousands of hours of CCTV footage and were able to track down the defendants’ attempts to clean up the crime scene and dispose of the body.
Ms. Kam was caught on CCTV on her way to the Barnet property, but was never seen live again.
Other incriminating footage showed El-Abboud driving his BMW car out of the driveway after the murder.
He also gave Al-Jundi his debit cards and the chief’s cell phone, which he used to falsely track.
Yet more CCTV showed the couple leaving the Willesden kebab shop, where they worked armed with cleaning products as part of the cover-up.
Al-Jundi, with the help of Al-Abboud, had the wheelie bin containing Ms. Kam’s body delivered to the Harrow family home.
Mr Howie suggested that the idea arose when the body was collected by local authorities, wrapped in a quilt and hidden under grass and topsoil, and taken to a landfill where it would never be found.
He said: “CCTV shows the wheelie bin arriving, and later that evening Kusai returned home, adjusted it a bit, and took a quick glance at the bin to check if it was still there and everything was OK.”
On the motivation of the two young people, Mr. Howie said that “contemptible crime” was all about greed.
He said: “Two young men hunted down an old lady to loot her savings in life, and then took possession of her property before throwing her in the garbage unceremoniously.
“Kusai had spent months planning this, months trying to loot all of Louise’s savings, getting help from lawyers to get the property transferred in her name, and getting power of attorney to take ownership of all of Louise’s property and rental income.
“Then her friend Mohamed is used to lure Louise to the property to kill her.
“They were all driven by greed. Louise had money, she had cars, she had property, and she had the life they both wanted. And they saw that the only way to get it was to kill Louise and then send heartless messages to her friends and family pretending to have fled to China.
“And then other messages in which Kusai says Louise defrauded her of £13m – for a man who is virtually broke, with barely £13 in his bank account, and who is a chef at a kebab restaurant.
“His deception with Louise and other women was purely to make money and live a life. He didn’t want to go out and earn money he wanted to kill to take from other people.”
Mr. Howie urged anyone who suspects they may be the target of scammers to heed the warning signs, take a step back, consult friends, family and independent experts, and notify the police.
Upon the conclusion of the case, she said: “I think this may give some comfort to Louise’s friends and family.
I’m not sure they’ll be able to handle the circumstances surrounding Louise’s death.
“But what it shows is that we won’t be content with just following these people to gather the evidence.
“Our team scrupulously scrutinized all the evidence from DNA, forensics, witness statements, phone calls to come up with the evidence conclusively linking these two people to Louise’s murder.”