10 years for boss who tor­tured worker

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A woman has been sen­tenced to 10 years in jail for tor­tur­ing her maid to the point where the woman col­lapsed and died.

The 35-year-old Emi­rati was found guilty at Dubai Court of First In­stance of as­sault lead­ing to the death, which she had de­nied.

Prose­cu­tors said the vic­tim, who was from the Co­moros Is­lands, was as­saulted with an elec­tric ca­ble iron bar. She was pro­nounced dead on De­cem­ber 28, 2015 af­ter the de­fen­dant called for an am­bu­lance, say­ing the maid had col­lapsed.

A med­i­cal re­port showed the vic­tim’s body had burns and hu­man bite marks, as well as sev­eral older in­juries, which had be­come in­fected. The court was told the in­juries had never been treated.

A se­cond maid, aged 19, also from the Co­moros Is­lands, said she started work for the de­fen­dant in De­cem­ber and saw her vi­o­lently as­sault her col­league.

“I worked in the flat in Al Qu­sais and she used to punch her and kick her,” the wit­ness said. “I was sent to work for the ac­cused’s sis­ter in an­other house, where I was treated badly by the sis­ter. I re­turned back to the de­fen­dant five days later. I saw the de­fen­dant con­tinue to beat the de­ceased and pull her hair and push her.”

She was sent back to work for the ac­cused’s sis­ter but kept in touch with the vic­tim by phone. “She said the de­fen­dant kept as­sault­ing her,” the maid tes­ti­fied. “But later our boss knew we were talk­ing and I heard noth­ing un­til I learned of her death.”

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