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Killer offers to return to UK to show woman where he buried her mother in 1969

A convicted murderer has offered to return to the UK from Trinidad to show his victim’s daughter where he put her mother’s body 54 years ago.

Muriel McKay, the wife of a newspaper executive, was kidnapped and held ransom for £1 million by a pair who had mistaken her for Anna Murdoch, the then-wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Ms McKay, 55, was the wife of Mr Murdoch’s deputy Alick McKay, who like Mr Murdoch was Australian.

She disappeared and her body was never found.

Nizamodeen Hosein, then aged 22, and his older brother Arthur were convicted of her murder and handed life prison sentences.

Now living in his native Trinidad, where he was deported after serving his jail sentence, 75-year-old Nizamodeen Hosein has been in touch with Ms McKay’s daughter Dianne, 82.

He has offered to return to the UK to show her where he buried her mother’s body.

In a letter seen by Sky News, Hosein asked the Home Office to lift a deportation order which still bars him from the UK.

His brother Arthur died in prison in 2009.

Crime – Search for Muriel McKay – David Dyer – London
David Dyer, son-in-law of missing Muriel McKay, at a press conference at Wimbledon Police Station 54 years ago (PA)

He wrote: “I admit my involvement in the kidnap and death of Muriel McKay, and I have been attempting to assist her daughter Dianne in locating her body.

“I believe I am the only living person who knows where Muriel’s body is and would like her body to be found before I myself die.”

A deportation order requires an individual to leave the UK.

It also prohibits them from re-entering the country for as long as it is in force and invalidates any leave to enter or remain in the UK given to them before the order is made or while it is in force.

A person can apply at any time for revocation of a deportation order made against them.

Dianne told Sky News, after speaking to Hosein by video call, that he was a “man of few words”.

Asked what it was like having to speak to the man convicted of her mother’s murder, and rely on him for help, Dianne told the broadcaster: “It’s been very hard having so many years of nobody to talk to, no leads and no hope of ever finding her body.

“It’s actually a relief to talk to him.”

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We express sympathies with Muriel McKay’s loved ones.

“While we do not comment on individual cases, we work with the police on any requests pertaining to ongoing investigations.”

The Metropolitan Police said: “We most recently met some members of Muriel’s family in May 2023 and continue to keep in contact with them.

“An extensive search for Muriel’s remains was conducted in March 2022 at a site in Hertfordshire, unfortunately it concluded unsuccessfully.

“We continue to review any opportunities to recover Muriel’s body and return her to her family.”