Labourer wanted to help sick wife, court told
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.