Labourer wanted to help sick wife, court told

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A man who claimed he could save his friend’s wife with black magic was choked to death by the hus­band when the ‘treat­ment’ failed to work.

The In­dian took Dhs350 from his com­pa­triot and claimed he could help her, Dubai Court of First In­stance heard yes­ter­day.

But the 22-yearold at­tacker tied his hands and choked him at their camp in Muhais­nah on Jan­uary 18 this year, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The con­struc­tion labourer was dis­cov­ered face down by a cleaner the fol­low­ing morn­ing, still tied up. Pros­e­cu­tors By Nawal Al Ramahi said po­lice ar­rived at the scene and be­gan try­ing to trace friends and col­leagues. The next day, of­fi­cers ar­rested the sus­pect. Dur­ing ques­tion­ing, he said his wife had health prob­lems that he be­lieved stemmed from her be­ing “be­witched”. He said he was des­per­ate to find a cure.

He tes­ti­fied: “My room­mate claimed he was able to heal her through magic.

“He asked me for Dhs350 to help my wife. How­ever, he did not ful­fil his prom­ise. He kept stalling when­ever I asked him about treat­ment.

“Then he even­tu­ally sent my wife in In­dia a black box with ash in­side it. He asked her to put in wa­ter and drink it. It didn’t work. Later, she burned her­self [in an ac­ci­dent] and was in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.”

The sus­pect blamed his friend for the ac­ci­dent. He added: “We had a dis­pute and we started fight­ing.”

A po­lice of­fi­cer in­volved in the case said: “The sus­pect told us he was bul­lied by the vic­tim, which pro­voked him. He pushed his friend, wrapped a scarf around his neck, tied his hands be­hind his back and pressed hard on the man’s neck, un­til he died.”

How­ever, the sus­pect de­nied the mur­der charge in court yes­ter­day. The case was ad­journed un­til July 24.

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