Jordanian 'rapes, kills' daughter

2010-05-23 21:03

Amman - A Jordanian man was charged on Sunday with raping and murdering his daughter after allegedly impregnating and then carrying out an abortion during which she died, police said.

"The 19-year-old woman died on Sunday morning of severe internal bleeding after her father performed an abortion to get rid of a five-month-old foetus to hide his crime" in Zarqa, northeast of Amman, a police spokesperson told AFP.

"The 46-year-old suspect, who was charged with premeditated murder, rape and abortion, has confessed... he said he has been having sex with his daughter for the past five years and that her mother knew about his acts."

The man faces the death penalty if convicted, the spokesperson said.

It was unclear if police arrested the victim's mother.