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Jealous husband found guilty of murder

A 31-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering the man he suspected of having an affair with his wife.

Shahzad Hussain (31) of Woodland Avenue, Mosney, Co Meath, was also found guilty of assaulting and seriously injuring his wife last year.

Hussain had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering his wife's cousin and his own distant relative, Muhammad Arif (32), on January 7, 2011. He had also denied assault causing harm to Rashida Bibi Haider (now 41) and intentionally or recklessly causing her serious harm.

Hussain stabbed both Ms Haider and Mr Arif in their livers on January 6, 2011 at Mr Arif's apartment in Fitzwilliam Court, Dyer Street, Drogheda.

Ms Haider underwent life-saving surgery that day, but Mr Arif, a security guard, died in hospital the following day.

The three-week trial heard that all three, originally from Pakistan, had lived together in Fitzwilliam Court. However, difficulties arose in the arranged marriage of Ms Haider and the accused, and they moved out separately in December 2010.

Ms Haider said that she returned to the apartment to collect belongings on the evening of January 5.

She stayed the night, sleeping in her cousin's bed while he was working a night shift.

She said she arose when her cousin returned the next day and that he went to bed. She came out of the bathroom to find her husband in the living room. He assaulted her and, when her cousin tried to intervene, he stabbed them both.

Hussain said that he found his wife naked in her cousin's bedroom when he went inside, with Mr Arif in his bed.

He said that he did not know how his wife got her injuries and that the reason he got "so mad" and stabbed Mr Arif was because he said: "This is not Pakistan. It is Ireland. You can do what you want here."

The jury reached a majority verdict of 10 to two on the murder count after five-and-a-half hours' deliberation.

Mr Justice Barry White said he would adjourn imposing the mandatory life sentence for murder, as well as the other two sentences, until July 9.