AFP

NEW YORK

A US court was shown photographs Tuesday of the battered body of a Pakistani woman allegedly murdered by her husband because she cooked him lentils rather than goat. Noor Hussain, 75, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder after allegedly subjecting wife Nazar Hussain, 66, to years of abuse at their Brooklyn home. Judge Matthew D’Emic, hearing the case at the Brooklyn Supreme Court, could make a decision as early as Thursday.

Hussain’s defence attorney Julie Clark argues it was manslaughter, that he did not intend to kill her and thought it acceptable to discipline his wife of 21 years. On Tuesday, prosecutors showed the court photographs of Nazar Hussain’s swollen, bruised face, and of her body lying on a bed next to a blood-soaked wall on April 3, 2011. Police detective William Simon told the court there was blood on the bedroom wall, floor and bed, in the kitchen, bathroom sink and on a mop in the bath tub.