Attorney general starts examining Salt filicide verdict
Apr 15, 2011 | 00:00 Updated: Feb 14, 2012 | 12:31
By Rana Husseini
AMMAN – The Criminal Court attorney general on Thursday started examining the case of a 36-year-old Salt woman who was referred to a mental facility for murdering two of her children in September last year.
On March 30, the Court declared the defendant guilty of the double murder and attempted murder of a third child but decided that she “was not responsible for her actions because she was suffering from acute psychosis when she killed her children”.
“The court decided to keep her at a government mental institute until it is proven that she is no longer a threat to public safety,” the court said in its verdict.
A senior judicial source told The Jordan Times that the verdict is at the attorney general’s office for review.
“The attorney general will either order the verdict to be kept as is if he is content with it, or appeal it at the Cassation Court,” the source added.
The Criminal Court convicted the defendant of stabbing her children Abdul Rahman, 6, and Mohammad, 4, and attempting to murder her nine-year-old daughter on September 18.
The court said on the morning of the incident, the defendant stabbed her two sons to death with her husband’s switchblade.
She then approached her daughter and started stabbing her, but the girl covered herself with a blanket and pretended she was dead, the court added.
The woman then called her husband to inform him that she had killed their three children and stabbed herself when rescue teams arrived at the house, according to the court.
When initially asked by investigators why she murdered her children, the suspect reportedly said that she had no idea.
But during a previous court hearing, a prosecution witness who questioned the woman in hospital told the court that the defendant said she stabbed her children because she was “carrying out orders from God”.
A doctor from the National Institute of Psychiatric Medicine recently told the court that the defendant was suffering from acute psychosis around the time of the incident.
The defendant’s husband dropped charges against his wife, telling the court he was convinced that she was “not aware of her actions”.