When a 75-year-old Brooklyn man discovered that his wife had prepared what he deemed an unsatisfactory dinner, he allegedly beat her to death.
The trial for Pakistani immigrant Noor Hussain opened on Wednesday; the incident occurred in 2011. The couple had met and been married in Pakistan before moving to Brooklyn.
Noor Hussain had apparently been craving a hearty goat meat meal, but found, to his utter disappointment, that wife Nazar, 66, had made a vegetarian dinner of lentils.
Court papers indicate that the conversation between the displeased man and his wife “got louder and [his wife] disrespected defendant by cursing at defendant and saying motherf**ker, and…defendant took a wooden stick and hit her with it on her arm and mouth.”
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According to prosecutors and court papers, he “pummeled” his wife with the stick – which, under other circumstances, the family used to stir laundry in a bathtub – until she was a “bloody mess.”
Assistant District Attorney Sabeeha Madni said that Hussain’s brutal attack left his wife with deep lacerations on her head, arms and shoulders, and caused her brain to hemorrhage. Prosecutors believe she suffered at least 20 blows.
After trying to clean up the blood that had splattered onto their bedroom wall, Hussain called his son for help.
Prosecutors allege that Hussain told his son to “hurry up and come over” after telling him that he had killed Nazar.
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Hussain’s defense attorney, Julie Clark, argued that Hussain is guilty only of manslaughter because his intention was not to kill his wife; instead, Clark explained, he meant only to beat her, which is a common procedure in Pakistan.
“He culturally believed he had the right to hit his wife and discipline his wife,” Clark said in her opening statement at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial.
Prosecutors, however, maintain that Hussain meant to kill his wife.
“This was not a man who was trying to discipline his wife,” Madni said.
Madni also stated that Pakistani women who lived in the same building as the Hussains could testify as to the beatings that Hussain had long been inflicting upon Nazar.