Woman in Dubai court accused of killing housemaid

DUBAI // A 35-year-old woman has appeared before the Dubai Criminal Court accused of beating her maid to death. Emirati S A denied a charge of assaulting K Q, who holds a Comoros Islands passport, with an electric cable and a wooden stick and causing her death. Records did not include the victim’s age. “I […]

DUBAI // A 35-year-old woman has appeared before the Dubai Criminal Court accused of beating her maid to death.

Emirati S A denied a charge of assaulting K Q, who holds a Comoros Islands passport, with an electric cable and a wooden stick and causing her death. Records did not include the victim’s age.

“I have small children who have no one to care for them, and I just hope I can get bail so I can care for them,” said S A.

Her lawyer told the court that S A did not mean to kill K Q adding she is trying to reach a settlement with the maid’s family.

Prosecutors said S A would regularly assault the maid in the months leading up to her death on December 28 last year.

The victim’s multiple injuries were neglected and she did not receive medical treatment.

K M, a 19-year-old maid who holds a Comoros Islands passport, testified that she started working for S A in December last year and witnessed her beating K Q.

“She would punch her and kick her then I was sent to work in S A’s sister’s house where I was beaten by the sister. Five days later I asked S A to take me back,” said K M, adding that upon her return she witnessed S A continue to beat K Q as well as pulling her hair and pushing her before she was sent back to work for S A’s sister.

“I remained in contact with K Q through the phone and she used to tell me horrible details about how S A beat her up but when S A found out we were talking, there was no contact. Then I learnt that K Q died,” said K M.

S A’s neighbour B E, an Egyptian pharmacist, told prosecutors that he often heard screams. “One day I saw the maid standing at the main entrance of the building looking desperate and very sad but I did not ask her what was wrong,” said B E.

A M, a 31-year-old building manager from Egypt, told the court he received several complaints from tenants about noise coming from S A’s apartment. “The maid’s screams of help were often heard.”

A forensic report showed that K Q also suffered from burns and the woman’s body also had human bite marks and several other injuries that became infected.

The next hearing will be on March 23.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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