Mom, boyfriend deny mur­der in­tent in five-year-old’s death

Child sub­jected to two months of re­peated abuse

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: A five-year-old girl who died in a child abuse case re­ported ear­lier this week was sub­jected to abuse for 60 days be­fore her even­tual death, ac­cord­ing to po­lice find­ings. Mean­while, re­ports emerged yes­ter­day in­di­cat­ing that the child’s mother and her boyfriend said dur­ing ques­tion­ing that the girl was of spe­cial needs, ad­ding yet an­other dark twist to the crime that shook Kuwait. The pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor gave orders in the mean­time to re­mand the cou­ple in cus­tody, as they are ac­cused of the girl’s mur­der in the Qu­soor dis­trict of Jahra on Sun­day.

The mother had called po­lice and claimed that her daugh­ter was mo­tion­less af­ter she fell from a high place. But de­tec­tives found bruises and burns on the girl’s body; which was re­cov­ered by the coroner. De­tec­tives held the mother un­der in­ter­ro­ga­tion, dur­ing which she even­tu­ally ex­plained that on the night of the crime, she and her daugh­ter were with her boyfriend in a rented car when the man pro­ceeded to hit the girl un­til she was knocked un­con­scious.

The woman then took her daugh­ter back to her car, and called po­lice, who came over and dis­cov­ered that the child was dead. Her boyfriend con­fessed dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion of beat­ing the girl, say­ing that both him and the girl’s mother used to beat the child re­peat­edly ‘when she re­fused to shut up.’The man de­nied mur­der in­tent.

Hu­man traf­fick­ing

Crim­i­nal de­tec­tives closed a case in­volv­ing an African woman fell vic­tim of hu­man traf­fick­ing, forced la­bor and forced pros­ti­tu­tion in Kuwait. Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the woman, 22, paid $2,500 to peo­ple in her coun­try who promised that they can help her come to Kuwait to finish her higher ed­u­ca­tion. When she ar­rived in Kuwait, a man took her to his house where she was forced to work as a do­mes­tic helper. She spent a num­ber of days at the house - dur­ing which she was sub­jected to at­tempted rape by the home­owner, ac­cord­ing to her state­ments - be­fore she was taken by an­other em­ployer; an African man who took her to an apart­ment. The woman then re­fused to work, at which point her new em­ployer told her that he ‘bought’ her for KD 20 so that she could work for him as a pros­ti­tute. Faced with this re­al­ity, the woman was able to es­cape and seek help at her coun­try’s em­bassy. A com­plaint was lodged with lo­cal po­lice, and in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that a Gulf na­tional had paid KD 400 to a man who ran an un­li­censed do­mes­tic help of­fice; and who co­or­di­nated with the per­son who re­cruited the girl from her home coun­try in or­der to bring her to Kuwait. De­tec­tives were able to ar­rest the African na­tional who con­fessed to tak­ing the girl to his Fa­ha­heel apart­ment, and asked for $2,000 to re­turn her pass­port.

Child mo­lester caught

An Egyp­tian man was ar­rested in Far­waniya for mo­lest­ing chil­dren. His ar­rest came af­ter he was iden­ti­fied as the prime sus­pect in mul­ti­ple child ha­rass­ment cases re­ported re­cently in sev­eral Far­waniya po­lice sta­tions. The man con­fessed to the charges and was sent to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties for ques­tion­ing.

False re­ports

So­cial me­dia re­ports spec­u­lat­ing that the gov­ern­ment plans to mon­i­tor so­cial net­works in Kuwait are not true, in­formed sources said. Ru­mors went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia re­cently about a gov­ern­ment plan to tap phone calls, as well as calls and texts made over What­sApp, Viber, Twit­ter and Face­book. “Such re­cur­ring ru­mors are com­pletely false,” said the sources who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity, ad­ding that the law pro­tects the pri­vacy of calls and con­ver­sa­tions made over all so­cial me­dia ap­pli­ca­tions, and fur­ther in­di­cat­ing that the gov­ern­ment re­spects peo­ple’s pri­vacy in that re­spect.


A 33-year-old In­dian man hanged him­self in a room lo­cated on top of the roof of a Khai­tan build­ing. Foren­sic men were called in to col­lect the body and take it to the coroner. A sui­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion was opened based on the ini­tial probe’s find­ings.

Noth­ing sus­pi­cious

Ex­plo­sives ex­perts dealt with a bag that was found near Riqqa med­i­cal cen­ter. A ci­ti­zen had called po­lice to in­form them about the bag, and ex­plo­sives ex­ports were called who did not find anything sus­pi­cious about the suit­case.

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