Medieval death in Brooklyn: Tenant pleads guilty to killing landlord with sword

September 8, 2017 By Paul Frangipane Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Rasel Siddiquee pleaded guilty to manslaughter to receive a promised 25-year prison sentence after murdering his former landlord with a sword. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese.

A Bangladeshi man pleaded guilty Friday to killing his former landlord with a sword in a medieval-style execution that left the dead man nearly decapitated.

Rasel Siddiquee, 31, copped to a manslaughter charge to receive a promised 25-year prison sentence in the 2014 murder of his former landlord, Mahuddin Mahmud.

Family members burst into sobs as Siddiquee walked into the Brooklyn Supreme Court room in tan prison sweats and handcuffs.

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Siddiquee was arrested on Jan. 8, 2014 when he attempted to escape to Bangladesh from JFK International Airport, the day after he sliced up Mahmud and was caught with about $20,000, according to news reports.

Siddiquee told police that he struck Mahmud’s neck and throat multiple times and stole the money from a personal safe belonging to Mahmud at his 546 McDonald Ave. Kensington apartment building, according to a criminal complaint.

Relatives found Mahmud’s body in the basement of his building with his safe opened.

Siddiquee will be sentenced before Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog on Sept. 28.

He is not a U.S. citizen and will be deported after his release.

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