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Lebanese man in Sydney surrenders after allegedly beating wife to death

This picture taken from Facebook shows Margaret Tannous who was allegedly murdered by her husband.

BEIRUT: A Lebanese man turned himself over to police after allegedly killing his wife in Sydney, according to Australian media reports Tuesday.

George Tannous, 55, allegedly killed his 47-year-old wife Margaret Tannous Monday night in an apartment in the southwestern Sydney suburb of Bankstown.

Margaret, who suffered severe head wounds, reportedly died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The Lebanese couple has two children, reports said. No motive for the attack was reported.

The Australian paper reported Tannous was charged with murder for beating his wife to death.

A judge refused Tannous bail, and the suspect did not enter a plea, The Australian said on its website.

Tannous, who spoke through an Arabic translator, showed little emotion during the brief hearing, according to the report.

The couple’s son, Elie, posted an emotional tribute along with a photo of his mother on Facebook.

“My mother my angel my life my queen the closest person to me. How could this happen to you,” he wrote.

“You were the strongest woman, the strongest PERSON i knew, you taught me that the most power you have in this life is in your brain and not your fists or muscles, you taught me to do right by people even though they do wrong to you.”

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 19, 2014, on page 4.

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