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Monday 18 December 2017

Stab accused's wife 'naked in victim's home'

A MAN on trial for murdering his wife's cousin told a religious minister he lost control when he found her naked in the man's apartment, a court has heard.

Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri (31) was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court in the trial of Shahzad Hussain of Woodland Avenue, Mosney, Co Meath, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering Muhammad Arif (32) on January 7, 2011.

He has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to his wife, Rashida Bibi Haider (41), and to intentionally or recklessly causing her serious harm.

He is alleged to have carried out those offences on January 6, 2011, at Mr Arif's apartment in Fitzwilliam Court, Dyer Street, Drogheda, Co Louth.

Marriage

Dr Umar, an Islam Imam, said he had been asked to mediate in the marriage of Pakistani couple Ms Haider and Mr Hussain in December 2010.

He said the couple had been living with Ms Haider's cousin, Mr Arif, but the accused had suspected his wife was having an affair with him. Both husband and wife moved out separately that month, he said.

Dr Umar said his advice to the married couple was to move back in together somewhere else, but that Ms Haider said she needed some time to think about it.

The Imam said he received a call from the defendant on January 6, 2011. The defendant told him he had injured Arif and Rashida.

Dr Umar said he then contacted Drogheda Garda Station.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White and a jury of nine men and three women.

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