Man gets 25 years in prison for slaying his Kensington landlord with samurai sword

Samurai killer: 31-year-old Rasel Siddiquee was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to killing his Kensington landlord with a samurai sword in 2014.
Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

A 31-year-old man will spend 25 years behind bars for brutally slaying the landlord of his Kensington apartment with a samurai sword in 2014.

A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge sentenced Rasel Siddiquee on Thursday after the Bangladesh native pled guilty to the crime earlier this month.

Siddiquee rented a basement apartment on McDonald Avenue near Avenue C from another Bangladeshi man, Mahiuddin Mahmud, who temporarily leased the unit to his killer as a favor, according to a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.

But on Jan. 8 2014, the pair fell into a dispute after Siddiquee accused his landlord of withholding a pedicab license that he was expecting in the mail, which resulted in Siddiquee attacking the man with the sword, hacking at him numerous times and slashing his throat with a blow that nearly decapitated him, according to the district attorney’s spokesman.

Following the incident, police tracked Siddiquee via his credit card purchases — which showed he bought a plane ticket to Bangladesh — and cops cornered him at John F. Kennedy Airport on Jan. 8 as he attempted to flee the country.

Siddiquee’s sentence also comes with five years of post-release supervision, the district attorney’s spokesman said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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