CAIRO: A cassation court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for having killed his wife by burning her alive following a heated fight triggered by marital differences, reported sources.
The incident took place in May 2002 when Amr Abdel Razik Fathallah, 36, an employee, returned to his home late at night and asked his wife Nagwa Nagi Ismael, 27, to prepare dinner.
When his wife did not conform to his request and went to sleep instead, he lost his temper at her indifference, followed her to the bedroom and started kicking and punching her.
She reacted to the bout of violence by demanding divorce, admitting that she was in love with another person and desired to marry him.
When he refused, she poured kerosene over her body and got hold of a matchbox, threatening to burn herself if he did not comply with her wish.
But instead of letting her burn herself, he set fire to her and locked her up in the bathroom so that her screams wouldn’t be heard by other residents.
He then opened the door and took her to Al-Damerdash Hospital where she succumbed to her burns.