SF man confessed to stabbing his mother to death, prosecutors say

Islam Moustafa booking photo. (Courtesy SFPD)

A San Francisco man accused of murder confessed to stabbing his mother to death while her 11-year-old granddaughter was in the house, prosecutors say in court records the San Francisco Examiner obtained this week.

Hoda Nasar, 65, was sitting at her home in Oceanview on Jan. 12 when her son allegedly stabbed her from behind in the neck and back, according to a motion from Assistant District Attorney Heather Trevisan.

Islam Moustafa, 32, later admitted to stabbing his mother in an interview with homicide investigators, Trevisan said in the filing. Moustafa has since pleaded not guilty to murder and assault with a deadly weapon charge.

“My client gave a statement,” said Steve Olmo, a defense attorney for Moustafa with the Public Defender’s Office. “The motion doesn’t say what the confession was. It’s pretty vague.”

Trevisan said in the filing that Moustafa told police he stabbed his mother “after she was dismissive of him.”

The mother and son were fighting the night of the killing when Moustafa allegedly stabbed her in the back and neck at least three times. Moustafa had tried to show her “a video of a killing which she did not want to see,” according to court documents.

His sister, who was also in the house, attempted to stop him but Moustafa fled the house and allegedly cut a neighbor on the way.

Moustafa was later arrested at his father’s house where police heard a loud argument between the two men. Trevisan said he ditched his cell phone and the alleged murder weapon along the way, which police had yet to recover.

Trevison said Moustafa has a “history of violence” against his mother and his family. In an interview with police, Moustafa allegedly said “he suffered from mental illness and had been drinking so he did not remember everything.”

Nasar was the second homicide victim in San Francisco this year and the first person to die as a result of apparent family violence. A week later, another 65-year-old woman was killed by her former husband in the Sunset.

The case is due back in court Thursday for a status hearing.

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