A Saudi court sentenced a local man to 15 years in prison for torturing his 10-year-old daughter to death and burying her secretly before the body was unearthed nearly 16 years ago, a newspaper reported on Monday.
Police who found the body of the 10-year-old Hanan kept it in the morgue for several days before burying her as no one claimed the body.
The crime remained unknown all those years until the man?s Asian wife reported him to the police last month for mistreating her and their children.
She then disclosed to police that her 55-year-old husband tortured Hanan to death by tying her to a tree inside their house in the western town of Madina and beating her with a big stick for a long time.
She said her husband then took his dead daughter and secretly buried her in another area in Madina before forcing her and the children to go to nearby Makkah for Umra (mini pilgrimage). The man then went to police in Makkah and claimed that Hanan had disappeared while she was with him during Umra.
?Police then linked the body found 16 years ago to what that wife told them?during interrogation, the man confessed to his crime and showed police where he buried his daughter,? the Saudi Arabic language daily Sharq said.