‘Children witness fatal attack on mum’
Kids tried to stop dad pouring chemicals on wife in row over divorce
Three young brothers tried in vain to stop their father dousing their mother in chemicals because she had asked for a divorce, a court was told.
Prosecutors told Abu Dhabi Criminal Court that the woman discovered her husband had a second wife, so she wanted to end her marriage.
It is alleged that her demand sparked the vicious attack by the husband and, despite the best efforts of her children to help, the woman later died in hospital.
The accused, who is Emirati, is on trial for murder.
The court heard that the defendant, who had been in prison for drug-related crime and bouncing cheques, went to the home of his first wife, 34, and six children upon his release in February after learning that she had discovered his second marriage.
It is claimed that when she asked for a divorce, he attacked her in front of their children, aged between two and 15 – and some of the children tried to stop the attack. Prosecutors told the court: “The man poured a chemical substance on the woman from her head to her feet, causing her serious burns.
“Their 15-year-old son and his two younger brothers time tried to rescue their mum from their father but in vain.”
Investigating officers said the boys sustained minor burns as they tried to stop the attack.
The court was told that the boys phoned an ambulance and their mother was transferred to hospital. She died from her injuries a month later.
Police later arrested the Emirati husband and prosecutors charged him with the premeditated murder of his wife, 34. The man has not appeared in court since his first hearing, in August, on the grounds that he is ill. His lawyer told the judge that his client suffers from mental illness and is being treated in the prison hospital. Lawyer Abiir Obeid Al Damhani, representing the victim’s family, called for the accused to be made to appear before the court. Al Damhani told 7DAYS that the family of the dead woman will seek the death penalty if he is found guilty of murder. “The victim’s children want their father to be executed for attacking and killing their mother in their presence,” she said. “The woman was taking care of her six kids as the man was unemployed.” Al Damhani noted that the husband was a criminal who had previously been prosecuted over drug related cases and bounced cheques. The trial was adjourned until December 21.