‘Chil­dren wit­ness fatal at­tack on mum’

Kids tried to stop dad pour­ing chem­i­cals on wife in row over divorce

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu

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.

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