A tuk tuk driver who murdered the Coptic woman Mariam Moussa, and her young son in Beni Mazar, Minya, some 250km south of Cairo, has been caught by the police. The killer, who goes by the name Abu-Muhammad al-Harami had fled to Alexandria where the police arrested him on 5 April. He will be questioned by the prosecution, security sources confirmed. Meanwhile investigations are underway; security officials have captured the CCTV cameras around the site of the crime to inspect them. The prosecution has also summoned a number of the eye witnesses as well as Ekram Sedqi, the victim’s husband who is a barber.
According to an eye witness account, Mariam Moussa who was in her thirties and lived with her husband and two children aged 6 and 4 on the outskirts of Beni Mazar, had gone out at 10am heading to her the home of her husbands parents. Harami, who is a neighbour of the Sedqis and who often drove them around, stopped by with his tuk tuk, possibly to pick up Mariam and the children. The eyewitness said that a verbal clash ensued after which the tuk tuk driver got out a butcher’s knife from his tuk tuk and hit Mariam three times on her head and back; she died right away. Then he turned to the little boy, Karass, and hit him on the head killing him on the spot. The panic-stricken little girl yelled and into a nearby house where the owner directly took her in. The culprit fled the scene of events.
6 April 2021