Police on Tuesday questioned the siblings of a 39-year-old woman, who was found stabbed to death at her brother’s home in Zarqa.
The victim, who was not identified by officials, was found by her sister-in-law who had just returned home from the market, Police Spokesperson Major Mohammad Khatib told The Jordan Times.
“The victim was residing with her 36-year-old brother¡ and her relatives claimed that she was mentally ill and was treated at a mental hospital,” Khatib said.
Coroners at the scene said the victim received six stab wounds to her back and two to her neck.
Khatib said police are questioning her relatives and plan to review her medical records to determine if she was mentally ill as her family claimed.
“We still do not have any suspects or motives for this murder since nothing was stolen from the house and the victim was not sexually assaulted,” the police official said.
Criminal Prosecutor Abdul Rahim Hassan on Tuesday charged a 36-year-old man with premeditated murder in connection with the stabbing death of his former employer in Sweileh on Friday, officials said.
The suspect reportedly confessed to stabbing the 80-year-old man because of financial matters, head of the Criminal Investigation Department Brigadier General Fadel Hmoud said.
A second source said the suspect worked as a driver for the victim and they had an argument over some payments and he was fired.
On the day of the murder, the suspect went to the victim’s home and waited until he entered, then stabbed him repeatedly with a knife and left, the source added.
“The suspect did not take anything from the victim’s house and it seems he was acting on the basis of revenge,” the source said.
Khatib said investigators questioned the victim’s relatives and people who worked for him.
“After questioning people who knew the victim, police determined that the driver was the prime suspect, and he confessed to the murder,” Khatib added.
Hassan ordered the suspect be detained at a correctional centre for 14 days pending further investigation.
Police still investigating teenager’s death
Meanwhile, Khatib said that investigations are ongoing in the death of a teenage girl who died of food poisoning in Irbid on April 19.
“We are still questioning the parents of the 16-year-old victim and other relatives to determine if the victim committed suicide or she was forced to drink the deadly substance,” Khatib said.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital by her parents, who first claimed that she died of natural causes, but then attending doctors discovered bruises on her legs and stomach.
A postmortem conducted by government doctors indicated that she died as a result of consuming pesticides.