- To be sentenced on Friday
The Old Bailey has convicted a man who beat his wife to death in Edmonton.
Hussein Yusuf Egal, 66, of South mall, N9, killed his wife, Maryan Ismail, 57, in April 2020.
Egal was convicted on Wednesday, February 24, for murdering his wife at their residential home.
He will be sentenced on Friday, 26, February at the same court.
Egal confessed to a member of the public that he had killed his wife on Monday, April 6 2020.
The man told the police that Egal had approached him in the foyer of the flats in South Mall and confessed how he murdered his wife.
Police and paramedic visited the scene and found the body of his wife covered with a “purple duvet” and appeared to have been dead for some time.
Officers said the convict had confessed to them that “I killed her yesterday morning,” referring to Sunday, April 5 2020.
Maryan had suffered extensive head injuries as well as multiple other injuries all over her body; paramedics from the London Ambulance Service pronounced her dead at the scene.
A post-mortem conducted on April 8 2020, also further buttressed the cause of death to be multiple injuries.
Interviewed by the police, Egal said he had had an argument with his wife after he developed COVID-19 symptoms.
The heated argument led to Maryam asking him to “move out”.
He claimed his wife attacked him first and that he had to “defend himself”.
The police charged Egal with murder and kept him in custody.
The Met’s Specialist Crime, Detective Sergeant Lucy Carberry, said officers faced a “truly terrible scene” after discovering Maryan’s body.
She added, “Maryan had suffered extensive injuries, and the turmoil and disorder in the flat showed there had been a considerable disturbance. Egal claimed he was defending himself, but there was no indication of him suffering any injuries.
“This was a wanton act of violence, carried out with sheer ferocity. It is important, particularly in the current climate with isolation and periods of ‘lock down’, that all of us do everything we can to stop domestic violence.
“If you are suffering from domestic violence, I implore you to seek help; if you feel in danger, always call the police.
“If you suspect someone is suffering from domestic violence, make the phone call and tell the police. That call could save a life and save you from a lifetime of regret.”