A Saudi citizen last Sunday, slaughtered his three little daughters in Al-Malawi district, Makkah, Saudi Arabia and tried to kill his Nigerian wife, Fatima Mohamid Khalil, before neighbors came to her rescue.
The killer father gave himself up to the police after the crime. The police did not identify the man but said he was a 33-year-old security guard, who was a drug addict.
They identified the three daughters as 2-year-old Ritaj, 4-year-old Rimaz and 6-year-old Renad.
The assassin told the police that he could not sleep for three nights because of differences with his Nigerian wife who wanted him to spend more money on his daughters so he slaughtered all three of them with a knife.
He admitted that he killed his three young daughters, tried to kill his wife and decided to commit suicide by jumping off Al-Rawda bridge near his home but he gave up the idea and called the security patrol.
His neighbors said the man was not suffering from any psychological disturbances.
One of the neighbors said he heard the wife’s cry for help so he went to her house to find the three daughters soaked in blood and the woman suffering from various injuries.
He said he pulled the wife away from her husband who had already stabbed her five times.
The neighbors took the hysterical wife to King Faisal Hospital in Al-Shesha where she was sedated and released afterwards to give her testimony to the police.
Her aunt said she brought her up after she was orphaned and married her to the man who did not show any signs of violence.
One of the neighbors said the police arrested the man about a month ago for attempt to commit domestic violence but was released on bail.
Mohammed Shafiq, who runs a grocery store under the house, said the man did not go out for his work lately but he was peaceful and quiet. He said the assassin used to buy grocery on loan which he regularly repaid.
“The last amount he paid was SR700 but he still owes me some money,” he said.
Shafiq said two days back the man came to him asking for a loan of SR20 to take his daughters for a picnic.
“I gave him the money and he returned it the next day,” he added.
He said the last time he saw the three girls was on Sunday when they bought candies and went back home.
Fatima Mohamid Khalil, said she would never go back to to her apartment so as not to see the blood of her daughters.
The mother, in her late 20s, had a nervous breakdown and was taken to King Faisal Hospital in Al-Shesha where she was sedated.
Fatima was an orphan who lost both her parents at an early age. She was brought up by her grandmother and an aunty.
Narrating the crime, the mother said her daughters were sleeping with her in the main bedroom when the father woke them up early morning.
"This was an unusual act but when I asked him why he told me that his father was coming to visit them and his three daughters had to say hello to their grandfather."
She said he took the three daughters to another room. She said she did not suspect anything but after sometime she became suspicious and decided to go to the room to see what was happening.
"I was shocked to see my middle daughter Rimaz in his hands soaked in her blood after he had slaughtered her with a knife. I tried to rescue her but he pushed me away and I fell down. When I got, up he had already slaughtered the eldest and the youngest daughters," she said.
The mother, who was hysteric and incoherent, said the killing of the daughters was as fast as lightening.
She said she tried to go out but found the door locked and when she was looking for the key at her cupboard, he changed his dress and calmly asked her to go with him to her grandmother's house.
"He went out as if nothing had happened. I started crying and the neighbors came but it was too late," she said.
The mother recalled that two weeks before the brutal crime, he woke her up in the middle of the night and asked her to go to her grandmother's house while he kept the three daughters with him. She said the daughters started crying asking for their mother.
"The neighbors heard their cries and informed the police who came and took him to custody but was soon released on bail," she said.
She said the police brought her daughters to her at her grandmother's house and the father started visiting them every day for about two weeks.
"He took me back to his apartment with the daughters the night of the incident. This was just few hours before he committed his heinous crime," she said.
Fatima said her husband was a retired security guard who is receiving a pension of SR4,000 which was not enough to pay the house rent and meet other expenses.
"He did not pay the rent for three months and was indebted to our grocer by more than SR800," she said.
The wife said her life with the husband was turbulent but she continued with him for the sake of her daughters.
Some lawyers believe that the father will be executed especially if he admitted his crime in the court.
They said discretionary execution should be approved by 13 judges, three of the primary court, five of the Court of Appeal and three at the Supreme Court.
Fatima returned from the hospital to her grandmother›s home she had left about seven years ago to live with the man who killed her children.
The bereaved woman said she came to know about her husband some seven years ago when she received a call from an unknown number.
The man on the other line refused to answer her question how did he obtain her number but told her that he wanted to marry her.
She said few weeks later he came to her home, met with the husband of her aunty and agreed with him for the marriage.
"He paid SR12,000 as dowry and the marriage contract was conducted by a mazoun (marriage official) at a mosque in Al-Mansour District,» she said. Three years later, the mazoun died," she added.
She said nobody from his family attended the marriage and when she asked him why, he told her that they were living far away and it was not be easy for them to come.
Fatima said a year after the marriage she was blessed with her first daughter who brought joy and happiness to her life.
She said her life with him was far from quiet as he turned out to be a drug addict who used to stay awake for five nights and would then sleep for three days. He used to spend between four to five hours in the bathroom, she said.
Fatima said their marriage was not regular according to the Kingdom's laws but the husband promised to complete the procedures later.
"He did not fulfill his promise. He never added his three daughters in the family registry but he did issue me with an iqama," she said.
Fatima said her husband documented their marriage in a paper issued by the Makkah police who asked him to refer to the concerned authorities to complete the marriage procedures but he did not.
"He used to spend long hours talking to girls on the telephone alleging that they were his friends,» she said.
She said her husband used to complain a lot about his poverty, hated his life and always wished he had died.
"When I asked him to resort to Almighty Allah by supplication and prayer to help us come out of the miserable life, he would give cynical answers and continue his complaints," she said.
The woman recalled that a week before the catastrophe, he brought his daughters together, showed them a knife and threatened to slaughter them one after the other.
"When I asked him why he did this, he said he was not serious but only joking with the daughters," she said.
Source: Saudi Gazette