Greedy wife gets just desserts; more traffic deaths
CAIRO: This week the local press highlighted the hair-raising murder in Waraq of a Tok-Tok driver by an unemployed thug. The driver, Mohamed Ismail Ezz, 15, a student who earned his living during his spare time by driving the popular kind of cab, was strangled with a shirt after being hit in the head with a stone by Khaled Abdul Khader, 20, who intended to rob him.
When the killer found only LE 5 in the victim’s pocket; he decided to use the cab to obtain a decent income. After Ezz disappeared, it was reported to the police that a young man was driving his Tok-Tok. The killer was arrested and confessed to having killed the driver and hidden his body in plantations near the Waraq district.
Another similar murder was reported by Al-Gomhuriah daily, but this time a young girl, also a student, strangled a primary school pupil in Kafr Al-Sheikh after the latter’s family exposed her affairs with young men. Samah, 21, a physical education student, strangled Iman Abdel Rahman, 11, and threw her body in one of the thatched cottages that dot the fields.
The killer had entrusted the victim’s sister with carrying a love letter to a young man. The man reported the contents of the letter to the victim’s family who in turn gossiped about the student’s misbehavior, creating a scandal.
Some young men will always be on guard against the greed of their future wives even when overcome by passion and admiration. A report by Al-Akhbar related that a few months after one man tied the knot with his neighbor, she began to change her attitude. He found out that a more well to do man had proposed to her.
But she wanted to lay hands on what he had offered her in terms of money and furniture before getting rid of him. Suing him to get what she claimed were her rights, she was told, to her surprise, that the signature on the furniture list was not his. Investigations proved it was faked, causing the woman to lose the case. Her future husband had sensed her greedy tendencies from the beginning, so he asked the witness, also his friend, to sign in the spouse’s space in the agreement and he signed in the witness’s.
Al-Akhbar tells the tale of a retired schoolteacher in Dairut, Upper Egypt, who went into cardiac arrest after he was caught in his house with a number of artifacts including some ancient Egyptian statues. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the teacher’s place where he had been undertaking some diggings to recover antiquities. A few moments following his arrest, he collapsed and died.
His brother said that he had been suffering from heart problems. The daily also reported the disappearance of a Pharaonic mural from the Armant Temple, Qena, Upper Egypt. The incident was reported to the antiquity police who have begun their search for the culprits.
The local dailies also brought into the limelight some horrendous road accidents. Al-Gomhuriah said that 13 people were reported dead or injured when three vehicles collided in Alexandria. In another accident, 15 workers survived a near-death accident in Sidi Kreir, North Coast, after their bus overturned. The bus, belonging to the electricity company of Sidi Kreir, was taking the workers to their homes in Alexandria when the driver lost control of the bus due to heavy rains.
Lack of respect for traffic police led to an alarming incident in Suez. A motorist ran down a traffic policeman after he asked the driver to stop and show his license. The motorist, a student, was speeding in a way that forced the policeman to stop him. While the policeman stood before the car and began to issue a fine, the motorist started the car and hit the policeman. The student was arrested and the policeman was taken to the hospital.