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A skeleton is in the cupboard

By Ramadan A. Kader

A local butcher faces charges of attempted murder after he reported attacked his wife for allegedly cheating on him. Neighbours in the Cairo suburb of Moqattam, rushed to the butcher’s house after they heard cries as he assaulted the woman and her purported lover with a cleaver, private newspaper Al-Shorouk has reported.

The butcher told investigators that one night he returned to his house and knocked at the door. When he received no answer, he thought that his wife was asleep. He opened the door with a key he had. “When I headed to the bedroom, I found the door closed,” he was quoted as saying. “This did not raise my suspicion. I spoke with my wife in a normal way after I got into the room.”

The man claimed that on opening the cupboard to change his clothes, he was surprised to see a stranger in the nude inside.

Police investigations found out that the butcher flew into a rage and attempted to kill the woman and her alleged lover.

Neighbours’ timely intervention saved the couple’s lives. Both were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, according to the report.

The victims have yet to give their accounts of the incident. Prosecutors ordered the suspect be kept in remand for four days pending further questioning.