Jus­tice for scar vic­tim

Mother wins ap­peal af­ter at­tack on boy

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi nawal@7days.ae

A maid jailed for pour­ing drain cleaner on a young boy’s face has had her sen­tence in­creased to 15 years af­ter an ap­peal from the child’s dis­traught mother.

The In­done­sian woman had orig­i­nally been sen­tenced to three years in prison for leav­ing four-year-old Amoor M scarred for life.

The 25-year-old do­mes­tic worker was also or­dered to pay Dhs270,000 in com­pen­sa­tion and will be de­ported on her re­lease.

Judge Hus­sein Al Asoufi, who heard the case at Shar­jah Court of Ap­peal, said he had been con­vinced that there had been a sig­nif­i­cant phys­i­cal and men­tal im­pact on the child.

He added: “Sen­tenc­ing de­fen­dants is the tough­est part of my job. In this case the maid de­serves 15 years in jail. She had no mercy on the poor child."

The maid, who de­nied the charges, claimed dur­ing the orig­i­nal trial that Amoor spilled the chem­i­cal ma­te­ri­als on him­self and that she did not at­tack him.

The house­maid had worked for the fam­ily for al­most four years and was due to leave in Fe­bru­ary, when the in­ci­dent took place.

Med­i­cal re­ports showed the boy had third-de­gree burns caused by a highly cor­ro­sive drain-cleaner like chem­i­cal.

In an ear­lier hear­ing, the mother handed out images of the boy’s in­juries.

She said that he has trou­ble drink­ing wa­ter and wakes up dur­ing the night scream­ing.

Speak­ing to 7DAYS af­ter the ver­dict yes­ter­day, his mother, Fawzya said: “I'm happy that the maid was found guilty and handed a tough pun­ish­ment. Thank God it’s come to an end.”

She said that her son is cur­rently in Ger­many re­ceiv­ing spe­cial­ist med­i­cal at­ten­tion, but is do­ing well since treat­ment for his scars be­gan

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