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Authorities in Jordan are accusing a man of stabbing his pregnant sister to death in a so-called honor killing.
A Prosecutor says the attacker repeatedly stabbed the 28-year-old woman in the face, abdomen and back and mutilated her body with a meat cleaver. An autopsy showed the married woman was five months pregnant.
AMMAN - The criminal prosecutor on Saturday charged a 24-year-old man with the premeditated murder of his married sister in the latest so-called honour crime reported this year, official sources said.
The 29-year-old victim, who was not identified by officials, was reportedly stabbed to death by her brother while she was asleep in her family's home, one official source told The Jordan Times.
The suspect then headed to the nearest police station, handed over a switchblade to officers on duty and informed them that he killed his sibling to cleanse his family's honour, the source said.
When investigators arrived at the scene of crime, they found a blood-stained meat cleaver and kitchen knife lying next to the victim's body, the source added.
Investigators believe the two additional weapons were also used in the murder and sent them to the criminal lab for further analysis, according to the source.
In his initial testimony to the police, the suspect claimed he killed his married sister because he heard that she was going out with men.
He also maintained that she was stealing money and jewellery, the source added.
A second source said the woman had a major fight with her husband and had been living with her family for the past six months.
The suspect claimed that someone told him about his sister's immoral behaviour, so he "went to the house, entered the room where she was sleeping and without uttering a word stabbed her to death then slit her throat to make sure that she was dead", the source added.
A team of government pathologists headed by Awad Tarawneh counted 35 stab wounds on her face, chest and stomach, including a deep gash on her neck. They also established that she was 20-weeks pregnant with a boy.
The team, which included Rami Shawareb and Hassan Hawari, also detected marks of struggle and bruises on the victim's body, which indicated that she was "most probably tortured before she was murdered", the source noted.
"The pathologists found traces of rope on her hands and feet and reported seeing bruises caused by a blunt object on different parts of her body," the source added.
The suspect was ordered detained for 14 days at a correctional facility pending further investigation into the case.
The victim became the ninth person reportedly murdered for reasons of honour in Jordan this year and the second this month.
On April 6, a teenager stabbed his sister to death because she would often leave her family's house and go to unknown destinations.