Wednesday 24 January 2018

Irish woman (60) and husband die in 'suicide pact' in Egypt

Hurghada, Egypt. Photo: Deposit
Hurghada, Egypt. Photo: Deposit
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

An Irish woman and her husband have drowned in an apparent suicide pact in Egypt.

Local media reports say that the woman (60) and her Egyptian husband (43) were found dead at a villa in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada this week.

Major General Hossam Kamal, director of the Red Sea Security, said they originally believed the couple had been murdered after discovering their bodies in a swimming pool.

However Maj Gen Kamal explained that there was nothing stolen from the villa or traces of any other people in the area.

The security services later found a video recorded by the couple where the pair of their intent to take their own lives.

Officers also discovered a fixed video camera on a stand in the middle of the swimming pool which had recorded the entire incident.

It is understood that the woman has both Irish and US citizenship and embassies from both countries are seeking to track down her family.

Her husband is described online as a computer programmer and is an Egyptian national.

Their bodies were taken to the morgue at Hurghada General Hospital.

According to Al Arabiya, the inspector of health issued a report declaring the cause of death as drowning.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: "We are aware of the case and are providing consular assistance."

Anyone affected by this issue can contact the Samaritans on 116 123

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