Teenager gets 10-year prison term for sister’s murder

Rana Husseini; 1/4/10

The criminal court on Wednesday sentenced a 19-year-old man to 10 years in prison for murdering his divorced sister in Aqaba in September 2009. The court declared the defendant, M. O., guilty of the manslaughter of his 17-year-old sibling and handed him a 15-year prison term. But the tribunal decided immediately to reduce the sentence to 10 years because the victim’s father and mother dropped charges against their son. The victim was married almost three months before her murder, according to court transcripts. In August, her husband divorced her and she returned home to live with her family, but the defendant “suspected her behaviour and morals”, the court stated.

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