BEIRUT: The son of a man found stabbed and burned to death in his apartment confessed to the police Thursday that he was behind the murder, which was apparently prompted by a fight between the two.
The Internal Security Forces released a statement today saying that 24-year-old confessed to interrogators that he had stabbed Hasan Ali Hashem and burned the house “because of conflicts.” The 54-year-old father was stabbed several times with a sharp object to the head, neck and chest.
The statement said that the young man suffered from mental and nervous illnesses.
Hashem's daughter and her mother arrived home to see the building on fire and Hashem’s body inside.
The son was arrested around 6 p.m. Wednesday after a man reported seeing someone looking anxious and with scratches all over his arms, a security source told The Daily Star.
When asked about the reason behind the scratches, the son said he fell into a tree, the source added.
But after examining the victim’s body, police discovered a fight had erupted between the two either before or during the crime.
Four hours after he was arrested, the source explained, the son confessed during interrogations to having committed the crime. He later made the same statement in front of the special judiciary, which is necessary for a conviction.
Due to his mental illness, however, the young man will most probably not be given the death penalty, which is the typical punishment for such crimes.