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Omani woman sentenced to death for killing husband

Oman woman
Woman plotted and executed the murder along with her lover, who was also sentenced to death

An Omani woman and her lover have been sentenced to death for murdering her husband, according to the Public Prosecution.

The court recently sentenced the woman, in her 40s and her lover, another Omani, 50s, to death for the premeditated murder of her husband in Oman's northern Barka province.

The duo had plotted and executed the murder in 2016.

The woman's lover jumped over the fence of the adjacent house and shot her husband in the neck with a gun.

According to the public prosecution, the woman stood over her dying husband and watched him take his last breath.

The duo then disposed of the body in a nearby wadi and later returned to the house to clean up and erase all evidence of the murder.

The next day the woman filed a missing person complaint with the police and even participated in a search for her husband with her neighbours.

The victim's body was found 2 days later in the wadi.

After a detailed forensic report and autopsy, police confirmed the man was murdered.

The woman later confessed to the crime after intense police interrogations.

The death penalty is rarely exercised in Oman, but such sentences are usually handed out in drug-related crimes and premeditated murder.

Source: gulfnews.com, July 4, 2018

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