Maryan Ismail

57 year old Maryan Ismail was killed in Edmonton, north London on April 6, 2020 by her husband who claimed he killed his wife because ‘coronavirus made him crazy.

Hussein Egal, 66, told police he had attacked Maryan Ismail because she asked him to move out after he caught COVID-19 during the first lockdown.

Maryan was killed with a variety of weapons, including a knife, hammer, meat cleaver, pots, pans, table leg and a ladder.

Egal admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murder, claiming he was suffering mental illness at the time of the killing.

Giving evidence, he told the court he attacked his wife at some point in the evening before going to sleep next to her dead body.

When he woke up the following day he ‘wandered’ down to the foyer of their apar tment building and revealed to reception staff that he had killed her, jurors have heard.

Upon his arrest, former bus driver Egal told officers he had been off work from his depot in Barking, east London, due to contracting the virus.

He claimed when his wife discovered he was infected she had ordered him to ‘get out and die on the street’ in fear of becoming contaminated herself.

Assisted by a Somali interpreter, Egal told the Old Bailey he ‘does not remember’ bludgeoning Ms Ismail to death.

He told the court “Maryan was [his] life” and he had done “a very bad thing.”

But he denied killing her out of temper.