Mur­der sus­pect tried to take own life

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­

A man who sus­pected his fi­ancée of hav­ing an af­fair stabbed her to death be­fore try­ing to drown him­self in the sea, a court was told.

The In­dian man has gone on trial at Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court ac­cused of re­peat­edly stab­bing his lover in the stom­ach with a kitchen knife.

The killing took place in April. Pros­e­cu­tors said the man was seen wad­ing into Gulf off the coast of Abu Dhabi and an eye­wit­ness called po­lice, who res­cued him.

Court records stated that on the day of the al­leged mur­der, the de­fen­dant went to the apart­ment of his In­dian girl­friend, who worked as a dancer at a night­club.

“He didn’t find the woman there,” a pros­e­cu­tor said.

“So he waited un­til she re­turned at around 4am with her work­mates, who shared the apart­ment with her.”

It’s claimed he then asked his girl­friend to have a talk out­side the build­ing so they could clear the air about his sus­pi­cions that she was seeing other men. The de­fen­dant, who was also hold­ing a small bag, told her he had a gift for her.

“Their talk, how­ever, turned into an ar­gu­ment and the man pulled out a knife, which he used to at­tack the woman,’ the pros­e­cu­tor added. “He stabbed her sev­eral times in the stom­ach. “He jumped into the wa­ter in the Mina area of the Cor­niche.

“But a per­son who spot­ted him phoned po­lice who saved him from drown­ing.”

The court was told the boyfriend orig­i­nally con­fessed to the killing, say­ing it took place in a jeal­ous rage. But in court he said he was not fully con­scious when he gave the state­ment.

“I didn’t kill her,” he told the judge. “She phoned me and ar­ranged to meet, we hadn’t seen each other for 20 days. “But when I reached her build­ing, I saw her ly­ing out­side in a pool of blood.”

The trial was ad­journed un­til Septem­ber, to al­low the court to con­tact the victim’s fam­ily.

When I reached her build­ing I saw her ly­ing out­side in a pool of blood

– Tes­ti­mony of the de­fen­dant, who de­nies killing his girl­friend

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