New York, May 14 : A Queens man, who was sentenced to 15 years to life for stabbing his wife 250 times, has also been accused by his sister-in-law of eating the victim''s organs, an allegation which has been denied by his lawyer.
Mohammad Solaiman, 52, had attacked his wife Shadida Sultana on December 22, 2007, after a fight in their Jamaica home.
Solaiman''s lawyer denied the allegation made by the victim''s sister during an emotional victim-impact statement in Queens Supreme Court, and prosecutors have also said it was untrue.
"Why did he kill my sister?" the New York Daily News quoted her as telling the judge.
"I don''t know why he did this to her. He cut out her heart and her liver and ate it. He drank her blood.
"My whole family, they want to know why. Are you going to ask the defendant why he did it?... She''s my little baby sister," she said through tears.
Defence lawyer John Scarpa, who is seeking mercy for a man who killed in front of his 4-year-old daughter, tried to set the record straight.
"This man killed his wife. He didn''t turn into a cannibal," Scarpa told Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter.
Solaiman, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter earlier this year, had stabbed his wife over and over while their young daughter watched.
And then covered in blood, he knocked on a neighbour''s door and confessed to the crime.
"I just killed my wife," he told the neighbour.
In court, he turned to face his sister-in-law and said only: "I am sorry."
Scarpa claimed that Solaiman snapped after suffering through six years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his 32-year-old wife.
"She was not a saintly woman. This man exploded after many, many years of abuse," he told the court.
But the judge wondered why Solaiman never filed a police report about the alleged abuse.
"I don''t think she deserved what she got," Buchter said.
"In a final act of savagery he exposed his four-year-old daughter to this horrific murder scene.
"If that''s not savagery, I don''t know what is," he added. (ANI)