A man accused of murdering his pregnant wife by pushing her off Arthur’s Seat was eager to visit the Edinburgh landmark during his time in the Scottish capital, a court has heard.
Kashif Anwar, 29, is accused of murdering Fawziyah Javed, 31, in September 2021 by pushing her from the hill, causing her multiple blunt force injuries and ultimately her death and that of her unborn child.
Mr Anwar denies all the charges against him, including one of acting in a threatening and abusive way towards his wife at a hotel in Edinburgh the day before the alleged murder.
Lubna Qasim, who gave evidence on Friday on the third day of the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, said she was told by her friend Ms Javed that Anwar was “really keen on visiting Arthur’s Seat” when they were talking at a Walima – a Muslim marriage celebration event – held for the couple on August 30, 2021.
But Ms Qasim, 33, said Ms Javed, from Pudsey in Leeds, had looked her straight in the eyes and replied: “I’m not so sure.”
Ms Qasim told the court her friend was scared of heights, and this fear came to her attention when they visited Barcelona’s cable car together.
Describing Ms Javed as “caring, generous and kind”, Ms Qasim said that at the Walima Ms Javed’s mother Nighat Yasmin Javed had seemed “anxious and nervous and stressed”.
Ian Duguid KC, for Anwar, told the court a relative of his client had mentioned the landmark to him as a place to visit while in Edinburgh. He said Ms Javed was keen on walking in the Yorkshire Dales.
Ms Qasim said she thought Ms Javed was more interested in things like shopping than walking.
The trial, before Lord Beckett, continues.