The nephew of a man accused of murdering his wife told a jury he wept as his uncle threatened him with a knife and forced him to help move her body.
Ahmed Jabba took hold of his dead aunt’s sleeve and dragged her body from the living room to the kitchen of his uncle Thahi Manaa’s home in the Oval, Firth Park, Sheffield, last March 4.
Mr Jabba said he was summoned to the house by Manaa who was acting like a ‘completely different person’ and looked nervous.
He said he was sitting on a sofa crying, following the discovery of her body when Manaa asked for his help.
He said: “My uncle came back and he had a knife. He threatened me, he said ‘get up come help me do something’. I was frightened, he scared me.”
Manaa, aged 37, denies murder but admits the manslaughter of his wife Sara Al Shourefi, aged 28, on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The jury has heard she had over 270 injuries and had been attacked with an assortment of weapons including an electric drill and a screwdriver.
Mr Jabba told the Sheffield Crown Court jury Manaa rang him at 11.46am.
“He said come here, I want to see you now. He said he wanted to see me urgently.”
When he got to the house, Manaa led him into a living room.
“I asked him what was going on and he told me ‘I’ve killed my wife’. He repeated the sentence three times.”
Mr Jabba said when he saw his aunt’s body he collapsed to his knees in shock.
“It was the first time in my life I’d seen a dead body.”
He said the room was in disarray and there were screws and a piece of metal on the floor by her body. The trial continues.