A 75-year-old man beat his wife to death because she served him a vegetarian dinner.
Noor Hussain was so outraged over the vegetarian meal that he beat his wife, Nazar Hussain, 66-years-old, with a stick until she was a “bloody mess,” according to prosecutors and court papers obtained by the New York Post.
“Defendant asked [his wife] to cook goat and [his wife] said she made something else,” the court papers indicated as Hussain’s murder trial opened on Wednesday.
“The conversation 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.”
Court papers state he beat her with a stick that the family had found in the street and used to stir their laundry in a washtub.
Defense attorney Julie Clark admitted Hussain beat his wife, but believes that he is guilty of only manslaughter because he didn’t intend to kill her. In Pakistan, Clark said, beating one’s wife is customary.
“He comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife,” Clark said in her opening statements at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial. “He culturally believed he had the right to hit his wife and discipline his wife.”
Prosecutors argued and said Hussain meant for his wife to die. “His intentions were to kill his wife,” Assistant District Attorney Sabeeha Madni said in court. “This was not a man who was trying to discipline his wife.”
Madni said Hussein “brutally attacked his wife as she lay in her bed,” leaving deep lacerations on her head, arms and shoulders and causing her brain to haemorrhage.
Madni added neighbors would testify that Nazar Hussein suffered years of abuse from her husband.
Hussain met his wife in Pakistan and the couple married before moving to Brooklyn, prosecutors said.
The trial continues Thursday before Judge Matthew D’Emic.