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Mother, lover sentenced to death in Upper Egypt over killing children

Nagaa Hammadi Criminal Court, Upper Egypt on Saturday sentenced a housewife and her lover to death by hanging – after receiving the permission of the Grand Mufti – on charges of killing her three children and attempted murder of her husband.

The crime dates back to July 2021, when the Qena Security Directorate received a report that Raafat Galal, 35, had been poisoned, and his children, Amira, eight, Amir, seven, and Adam, nine, had died of food poisoning.

Investigations revealed that there was a suspected criminal act behind the death of the three children and the poisoning of their father after they drank canned juice.

Upon examination, it was found that the mother of the children, 26, was behind the incident in participation with her lover, a driver, 28.

Investigations found that there had been a relationship between the mother and the driver for three years, and they decided to get rid of the husband and the children so that they would be free.

On the day of the incident, the lover took advantage of the parents’ visit to a pediatric clinic to have a medical checkup for one of the kids.

The mother told her lover with the date, so he bought four cans of juice, and put a toxic substance inside them.

The defendant took advantage of the husband’s exit from the clinic, and gave the mother the juice, then she gave it to her children and her husband after he returned to them again inside the clinic.

The children and the husband suffered from food poisoning. The three children died while the husband lost consciousness and was transferred to the intensive care unit at a nearby hospital.

The defendants were arrested and presented to the Public Prosecution, which investigated them, then referred them to the Criminal Court, which sentenced them to death after obtaining the permission of the Grand Mufti.

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