BEIRUT: A man who was reported missing in July was murdered and cut into pieces by his wife and two sons in the Beirut southern suburb of Hay al-Sellom, a report by Al-Jadeed television said Sunday.
According to the report, Hussein Tawfiq Fadel, 42, was murdered by his wife, N.N.; two sons M.F., 17, and A.F., 18; and an accomplice, Mohammad Awada, 18. Fadel’s body was cut into pieces and thrown into the Ghadir River in Hay al-Sellom.
The alleged murder and mutilation occurred on July 20, when Fadel was reported as missing. The police station in the Beirut southern suburb received a tip from a Syrian national known as Anas, who is currently being detained.
Anas told police that Awada, in a drunken state, had revealed the role he played in the murder of a man who, Awada said, regularly abused his family and that he had helped mutilate him.
According to Al-Jadeed, on July 20, N.N. slipped sleeping pills in her husband’s coffee. When he succumbed Awada killed him with the help of Fadel’s two sons. According to Fadel’s brother Ali, each family member took turns stabbing him in the chest and back.
They then cut up the body into several pieces using saws, knives and a hammer in the bathroom and proceeded to place the parts in separate bags before throwing them in the river.
According to Al-Jadeed, the wife had told Fadel’s family that he had left her and their children to be with another woman to hide her involvement in his disappearance.
Ali Fadel accused his sister-in-law of having sexual relations with Awada for a year.
The two decided to commit the crime when Fadel began to question his wife’s loyalty, and expressed his discontent with Awada’s presence in his home.
Ali also said the wife had confessed to being in love with Awada.
Investigators reported that Awada had appeared very calm during the interrogations and had insisted that he had committed the murder despite the confessions extracted from the victim’s wife and her two sons that they were the guilty parties.
Al-Jadeed reported that the wife had also given her daughter, Nour, sleeping pills so she would not be a witness to the murder. Nour told Al-Jadeed that her father had never abused the family and that he had “given us everything we wanted.”
Fadel’s mother said that her grandchildren and daughter-in-law should be punished and that her daughter-in-law had repeatedly said she knew nothing about her husband’s whereabouts.