(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Police on Tuesday were questioning a 28-year-old man in Zarqa who reportedly murdered his divorced sister a day earlier in the latest so-called honour murder this year.
The suspect allegedly first struck the 33-year-old victim with a brick at their home in Zarqa, a senior judicial source said.
"When she did not die, he took a knife and stabbed her 18 times on different parts of her body," the source told The Jordan Times on condition of anonymity.
The suspect then fled the house and was later arrested by a police patrol, the source added.
In his initial testimony to police, the suspect claimed family honour as his motive, "charging that his sister was immoral and would leave the house at odd hours", the source said.
Monday's incident is the second "honour killing" to occur in Jordan in the past week.
On July 18, a 60-year-old man allegedly stabbed his 25-year-old divorced daughter seven times at his home in an Amman suburb, claiming family honour as a motive because she had delivered a baby girl out of wedlock.
Meanwhile, police in Zarqa are questioning a woman who allegedly strangled her three-year-old daughter at home on Monday.
The suspect, who was not identified by officials, told investigators she decided to "kill her daughter because she had delivered her out of wedlock".
"The mother informed investigators that she had given her daughter to a family when she delivered her three years ago because she was the result of an illegitimate affair," the judicial source said.
On Monday, the source added, the family returned the daughter and informed the suspect that they "did not want to keep her".
"Fearing shame and scandal, the mother strangled her daughter to death."
The suspects in Monday's crimes were ordered detained by the criminal prosecutor for 15 days pending further investigation into the incidents.