The Pakistani immigrant who beat his wife to death because she made him the wrong dinner – but his lawyer claims that’s just his culture
- Noor Hussein, 75, believed he had the right to discipline Nazar, 66
- But prosecutors claim he murdered her because she cooked him lentils
- At the start of his trial, a court heard the victim was left a ‘bloody mess’
A Pakistani immigrant allegedly beat his wife to death with a stick for making him the wrong dinner, a court heard. Noor Hussein, 75, believed he had the right to discipline 66-year-old Nazar at their apartment in Brooklyn, New York, his defense said. But prosecutors claim he murdered her because she had made the mistake of cooking him a vegetarian meal made of lentils instead of goat meat.
At the start of Hussein’s murder trial yesterday, a court heard the victim was left a ‘bloody mess’. Court papers quoted by the New York Post said: ‘The defendant asked [his wife] to cook goat and [his wife] said she made something else. ‘The conversation got louder and his wife disrespected defendant by cursing at defendant and saying motherf***** and that the defendant took a wooden stick and hit her with it on her arm and mouth.’
Defense attorney Julie Clark said Hussein admitted beating his wife but said that in his home country, beating your wife is customary. She argued that Hussein, who met his wife in Pakistan before the couple married and moved to Brooklyn, is guilty of only manslaughter because he didn’t intend to kill her. In her opening statements at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial, Clark said: ‘He comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife.