Boyfriend is ac­cused of help­ing de­liver baby

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A woman died while her boyfriend was help­ing give birth at home, a court heard.

The Filip­ina be­came preg­nant dur­ing an af­fair with her ex-boyfriend, also Filipino. Fear­ing she would be re­ported to the po­lice if she went to hos­pi­tal, she called her new boyfriend and tried to give birth at her home in Abu Dhabi’s West­ern Re­gion. But she bled so heav­ily she lost con­scious­ness and died, Al Dhafra Crim­i­nal Court heard.

The new boyfriend, whose na­tion­al­ity By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo hasn’t been given but is Arab, and the fa­ther of the child are both on trial. Pros­e­cu­tors said that dur­ing de­liv­ery, the Filip­ina suf­fered se­vere blood loss.

The boyfriend al­legedly tried to hide her body af­ter­wards. It was not men­tioned in court pa­pers what hap­pened to the baby.

Po­lice found the woman’s exboyfriend, who got her preg­nant, was stay­ing il­le­gally in the UAE and knew about her death, the court heard. The Arab man is charged with hav­ing an af­fair and abet­ting in the de­liv­er­ing the baby. He ad­mit­ted the af­fair but de­nied the sec­ond charge, claim­ing she died on the way to hos­pi­tal.

“She was my girl­friend and I was help­ing to take her to the hos­pi­tal when she died,” he said.

The sec­ond de­fen­dant is charged with il­le­gally im­preg­nat­ing the woman, not in­form­ing po­lice about the woman’s death and il­le­gally stay­ing in the coun­try.

He ad­mit­ted the first charges but de­nied hav­ing knowl­edge of her death.

The trial has been ad­journed.

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