AMMAN — Police on Tuesday said they had arrested a minor who allegedly stabbed his older brother to death in Ruseifa on Sunday.

The 23-year-old victim, who was not identified by officials, was found stabbed to death in a deserted apartment near a railway track in Ruseifa.

“A passer-by alerted the authorities to the body and one of the officers knew the victim,” a senior official told The Jordan Times.

Investigators collected other evidence at the scene and went to the victim’s family to investigate the matter, the source added.

“At first the family claimed that their son was missing, but after confronting them with evidence found at the scene that linked them to the body, his brother confessed,” the source said.

In initial testimony to police, the 17-year-old suspect and his family claimed that the victim was “mentally ill and would often cause problems to everyone in the house”, according to the source.

On Sunday, the source said quoting the suspect, the victim was disturbing the minor, who was studying for the Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate) exam and they had a big fight.

“The victim’s family decided to go for a drive and on the way the argument erupted again and the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed his brother to death,” the source added.

The suspect reportedly said he dumped the body in a cave and placed bags over it, then returned home with his family, according to the source.

A second source told The Jordan Times that the victim received 25 stab wounds to different parts of his body.

The criminal prosecutor is also expected to question the father of the victim, who “might be charged as an accomplice to the murder because he was in the car when the stabbing incident occurred”, the source added.