By Marie Nammour
DUBAI, May 28: An Indian accountant, who slit the throat of a compatriot housewife in her flat after persuading her to let him in by asking for a glass of water, has been sentenced to death.
The Court of First Instance gave the 28-year-old Indian the capital punishment for premeditated murder, which was linked to the robbery of the victim’s jewellery.
According to prosecution records, the accused first knocked on the victim’s door in Al Rafaa alleging he wanted the purchase receipt of a second-hand washing machine he had bought from her husband. But when told to come back later when her husband would be home the accused fooled the housewife to let him in after he asked her for a glass of water.
The defendant admitted the murder in the investigation saying he was in dire financial conditions and after the murder he stole a bag full with gold jewellery.
The victim’s husband said that on that day his wife did not go down the building to pick up their son when dropped by the school bus. He was shocked later to see his wife’s body lying on her back in a pool of blood.
He told the prosecutor that the stolen jewellery were worth between Dh20,000 to Dh25,000.
A police major said that the murder was reported on September 26, last year.
The forensics and criminal evidence experts were already in the victim’s flat picking up pieces of evidence and fingerprints.
The victim was stabbed in the neck and her body had stab wound marks in the face and hands.
Blood stains that did not belong to the victim made the police believe that the killer got injured due to a struggle or a resistance by the victim.
The police formed a task force to look for potential suspects with injuries in the same area.
Through leads, they eventually arrested the defendant in Al Rafaa. He had an apparent face injury.
When quizzed about the murder, he confessed that he slit the victim’s throat with a knife he had bought earlier that day from a nearby supermarket. He also said that he had purchased gloves and a towel.
When the victim went to bring him a glass of water he took her by surprise and stabbed her in the neck.
He changed his dirty shirt with another from the closet and fled with the jewellery bag.
The verdict can be appealed within 15 days.
A convict on death row is executed in Dubai by a firing squad once the verdict becomes final and irrevocable and approved by the Dubai’s Ruler.
(Courtesy Khaleej Times)