Man gets life for killing brother

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2007, 12:00am

A man used a hammer to beat his brother to death because of an alleged rape attempt against his wife, a jury found yesterday.

Habib Ahmed, 27, was unanimously found guilty by a jury in the Court of First Instance for the murder of his brother, Malik Hussain, 29, on October 31 last year.

Mr Justice Alan Wright sentenced him to life behind bars. A second man, Ibrar Ul Hassan, also 27, was found not guilty of Malik's murder by a majority of six to one.

It had been alleged that Ahmed, a construction worker, hired Mr Hassan to help exact revenge on his older brother after his wife claimed that Hussain had tried to rape her 10 days before the attack.

Ahmed had apparently confronted his brother about the allegation and was slapped in the face.

Hussain's body was found in a pool of blood at the Tsuen Wan factory where he worked as a night-shift caretaker. The court heard he died of massive head injuries probably sustained through repeated blows from a large hammer.

Police found a tool weighing 3.6kg in a flowerbed.

The name of a hardware shop marked on the hammer led police to Mr Hassan, who was arrested at his Yuen Long home. Police had found the victim's DNA on a green vest seized from Mr Hassan, who all along claimed that Ahmed killed Hussain. Mr Hassan told police that he was paid HK$300 by Ahmed to 'break some stones' that night and he was left outside the factory on the night of the killing.

Mr Hassan was released after the jury's verdict.