Beit Jann man allegedly murdered wife's lover
Police say suspect confesses and reenacts alleged murder, wife also arrested on suspicion of abetting murder.
Suspect arrested [illustrative] Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Police arrested a resident of the Galilee Druse village of Beit Jann, on
suspicion of killing a man he thought was having an affair with his wife,
officers announced Tuesday.
The suspect’s wife was also arrested on
suspicion of aiding and abetting the alleged killer.
The homicide victim,
35-year-old Zahar Abu Asla, was a married father of two who owned a grocery. He
went missing on Friday. Police launched a large-scale search, with the help of
ground units, mounted police, dogs, a helicopter and local residents.
search continued well into the night, and officers scanned a forest outside of
the town, eventually recovering a buried body from the area. Forensic officers
arrived on the scene, and quickly determined that Asla has been
Working under the cover of a media ban, homicide detectives
from the Northern Police District’s central unit homed in on a resident of the
town, 30-year-old Hial Hamud.
The suspect was taken into custody and
confessed in the questioning room, police said.
“He gave details only the
killer could have known, and reenacted the murder,” a police spokesman
Police also arrested Hamud’s 27- year-old wife, Hial, on suspicion
of assisting her husband.
A Nazareth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday
extended both of their custody until August 2.
Northern District Chief
Roni Atiya praised the investigation, saying the swift arrests met
the “police’s goal of increasing chance of criminals being caught.”