Shoe thief apprehended, uncle stabs nephew over shirt and pants
CAIRO: Many Egyptians have turned reading the crime section in newspapers into a hobby, some even buying the newspaper only to read about the most recent crimes. Some tabloids, including national ones, even specialize in crime and accident news. Crime enthusiasts over the past few days have surely found plenty of thrilling reading, as crime journalists have done an outstanding job at locating real shockers.
A horrifying murder in Al-Haram district took place just at iftar. An elderly woman and her grandson were murdered inside her apartment during a burglary. The murderer turned up the volume of the television to the maximum so that no one would hear the victims’ screams, then he stole the woman’s jewelry and a mobile phone. The police suspect a servant who used to clean the victims’ house frequently.
A fight between a driver and his neighbor in El-Menufiya escalated, resulting in the death of the driver and the injury of several others who tried to help both sides.
The city of Hurghada witnessed a blood-curdling crime when 40-year-old Rabie Mohammed Bakr married Rasha Al-Saied, 20 years his junior, after his wife’s death. The couple fought over his taking Viagra. Nine months later she gave birth to their son, Youssef, and she was stunned when he invited her to bed three days after delivery. When she refused, he violently assaulted her. Her mother kicked him out of her house, so he decided to take revenge. He and his three nephews waited for the wife’s family to leave their house in order to beat up his mother-in-law and wife, causing a fracture to the mother’s skull and several injuries to his wife’s head and body. Moreover, they kidnapped Al-Saied’s sister and tried to rape her in their truck.
Another shocking crime took place in Khatatia Mountain. Three farmers were arrested for raping a 15-year-old girl who worked with them on a ranch. The victim’s father confirmed his daughter’s accusations while the three suspects denied the accusation.
Money has always played a role in driving people to commit crime, so it s not unusual that several of the crimes over the past few days have had a financial aspect:
A husband stabbed his wife after he tired of her recurrent complaints about their low income. The woman was hospitalized with several abdominal stab wounds.
In Sharrabia, a mailman stabbed his colleague to death because he refused to repay money he had lent him. The victim was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital with fatal injuries.
A Sudanese restaurant employee was found hanging from his room’s ceiling by a bed sheet. After interrogating his friends, the police reported that he was going through a financial crisis that pushed him to end his life.
A 38-year-old man stabbed his nephew, 20, to death using a sword. The victim’s father attested that he had a business partnership with his brother. They owned a clothing shop jointly and his son went to his uncle’s shop to ask for a shirt and trousers. The uncle refused to give him anything and stabbed him with a sword. The uncle admitted his crime, claiming that he was defending himself and that he didn’t deliberately kill his nephew.
Traffic accidents always figure into the crime pages. In several car crashes around the country, 12 were killed and 33 injured. The reason behind the accidents was, not surprisingly, driving at deadly speeds, especially around iftar time.
The pious who pray at mosques will no longer face the trial of going home with bare feet. A 23-year old shoe thief has been sentenced to one year in prison. He used to frequent mosques, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, pretending to be praying, then sneak out and steal shoes, seeking out the most expensive ones of course.