Most men would be thankful for a home-cooked meal at the end of a long work day. For 75-year-old Noor Hussein, he wanted a homemade goat meal, but his wife, 66-year-old Nazar Hussein, made him something else.
The husband was clearly upset. The elderly, Pakistani husband beat his wife to death with a stick inside of their Brooklyn home for not making the proper requested dish. He shouted at her, but the wife shouted back at him with curse words, causing the husband feel disrespected. He took the wooden stick and hit her with it on her arm and mouth.
Before he called the police, the first phone call was made to his son. “I killed her. Hurry up and come over,” prosecutors said he told his son. The stick, used for the murder, was found by family members in the street and used to stir their laundry in the wash tub.
The couple engaged in abuse for years, say tenants in their building. Women in their building are willing to testify against Hussein about the beatings that his wife received.
“He comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife,” said Julie Clark, the defense attorney in Hussein’s case. She said this in her opening statement at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial. She argued that Hussein is definitely guilty for only manslaughter because he did not intend to kill her. “He culturally believed he has the right to hit his wife and discipline his wife.”
The trial is set to continue this Thursday. I would love to see the outcome of this battle.