29 October 2016Last updated

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Father sentenced to 15 years in jail for killing 'jinn' baby in Saudi Arabia

The father, who was reportedly high on drugs, threw the child out of the car window

8 Jun 2016 | 11:27 am

A man, who killed his baby claiming the four-month old was possessed by jinn (ghost) and caused the death of his wife, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail and 1,500 lashes by a Saudi court.

A plea by the wife’s family for death penalty was rejected by the judge in the Makkah court who explained that the defendant would serve five years for deliberately killing his four-month-old baby and 10 years for causing the death of his wife and driving under the influence of drugs.

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