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Murder stab trial jury out

A CENTRAL Criminal Court jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a 31-year-old man charged with seriously injuring his wife and murdering her cousin.

Shahzad Hussain, of Woodland Avenue, Mosney, Co Meath, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Muhammad Arif, (32) on January 7, 2011.

He has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Rashida Bibi Haider (41), and to intentionally or recklessly causing her serious harm.

He's alleged to have stabbed them both in their livers on January 6, 2011, at Mr Arif's flat in Fitzwilliam Court, Dyer Street, Drogheda, Co Louth.

All three Pakistani nationals had lived together in the apartment, but the accused and Ms Haider had moved out separately. Their arranged marriage had encountered problems, with Hussain suspecting that Ms Haider and the deceased were having an affair.

Hussain said that the deceased shoved him and that he then grabbed a knife and stabbed Mr Arif.