Noor Hussein is on trial in Brooklyn, New York, for the murder of his 66-year-old wife, Nazar Hussein. The trial into the case began on Wednesday, with prosecutors saying that Hussein was so outraged over the prospect of eating lentils that he kept hitting his wife until she was a bloody mess, news agency reported.
In Hussein’s defence, defence attorney Julie Clark said Hussein was guilty of only manslaughter, claiming that he did not intend to kill her. Clark even said that wife-beating is customary in Pakistan.
“He comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife,” Clark said in her opening statements at the Brooklyn State Supreme Court bench trial. “He culturally believed he had the right to hit his wife.”
However, prosecutors said Hussein wanted to kill his wife. Assistant District Attorney Sabeeha Madni said in court: “This was not a man who was trying to discipline his wife.”
Madni said Hussein “brutally attacked his wife as she lay in her bed,” leaving deep lacerations on her head, arms and shoulders and causing her brain to hemorrhage. She said her neighbours would testify that Nazar Hussein suffered years of abuse from her husband.