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A Sydney student has been found guilty of murdering his mother’s lover in what has been described as an honour killing.

In a unanimous decision this morning after a week of deliberations, a jury convicted Andrew Iskandar, 21, but found him not guilty to a charge of soliciting a prisoner to murder a key witness in the trial.

Iskandar had denied murdering Mohd Shah Saemin, 43, outside his flat at Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner west, about midnight on February 21 last year.

Andrew Iskandar's mother,  Nita Iskandar, has denied being an accessory by helping her son leave the country following the murder of Mohd Saemin, inset.

Andrew Iskandar’s mother, Nita Iskandar, has denied being an accessory by helping her son exit the country following the murder of Mohd Saemin, inset. Photo: Domino Postiglione

The trial was told how the victim, a driver for the Malaysian consulate, was bashed repeatedly with a hammer “like a piece of meat”.

Iskandar set out to murder Mr Saemin after his mother, Nita Iskandar, began an affair with him, which became a talking point within Sydney’s Indonesian community.

Iskandar told the NSW Supreme Court jury he used a hammer in self-defence after Mr Saemin attacked him and his father. He denied planning the killing or knowing beforehand about his mother’s affair with Mr Saemin.

The jury has not yet reached a verdict on Nita Iskandar.

She is accused of being an accessory after the fact, allegedly helping her son flee to Singapore after the murder.

The jury were instructed by Judge David Davies to continue deliberations.

Sentencing submissions for Andrew Iskandar will be heard on February 2.


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