No hint is given here as to why he did it. But the light sentence, now lightened even further, does suggest that it was an honor killing.
“Sister strangled as she slept,” by Mohammed Aslam in Gulf Daily News (thanks to Twostellas):
A Bahraini boy who strangled his sister has had his 15-year jail sentence reduced to 10 years on appeal. The 15-year-old attacked and killed his 32-year-old sister as she slept, then walked into a police station and confessed.
Judges at the Supreme Criminal Appeal Court ruled that the crime was not premeditated and reduced the sentence originally imposed by the High Criminal Court in May last year.
The boy went into his sister’s room equipped with masking tape to gag her and then strangled her with flex he found in the room, in August 2006, the court heard.
He then walked into a police station and confessed, saying that he had locked the bedroom, with his sister’s body lying on the bed.
A police officer said in his statement that he rang the boy’s mother, who said her daughter was sleeping unusually late.
The officer told her on the phone to go to her son’s bedroom and find the key in the drawer and open the door of her daughter’s bedroom.
The mother then did as she was told and found her daughter dead on the bed.
The boy told police his sister struggled, but he pinned her down and strangled her.