‘Killer butcher was in­spired by hor­ror movies’

Sus­pect tells po­lice how he chopped cousin's head

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Ali Shouk @alial­shouk

A butcher mur­dered a fe­male rel­a­tive and sev­ered her head and hands be­fore bury­ing her re­mains in two dif­fer­ent emi­rates, Dubai Po­lice have said.

Glen Am­bro car­ried out the bru­tal killing af­ter be­ing in­spired by hor­ror films, of­fi­cers told a news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

The Filipino, who worked as a butcher, was ar­rested at his home in the Abu Hail area of Deira this week – four months af­ter the headless torso of Manormeeta Sal­waro Dadi was found in Al Warqa.

Dadi’s head and hands were only dis­cov­ered this week when Am­bro took po­lice to a sec­ond burial site in Aj­man.

Lt Gen­eral Khamis Mat­tar Al Muzaina, Di­rec­tor of Dubai Po­lice, said: “He was shocked when we ar­rested him – he thought he had got away with mur­der.”

The po­lice chief said Am­bro – who is an il­le­gal im­mi­grant – had bor­rowed Dhs10,000 from Dadi. It is be­lieved the pair were cousins and the woman was killed when she asked for the money back, he said. Al Muzaina said of­fi­cers were un­able to iden­tify the vic­tim with her head and hands miss­ing but be­lieved she worked as a maid. Po­lice car­ried out DNA checks on 9,751 do­mes­tic work­ers that had run away from their spon­sors in the UAE. He said: “It was a dif­fi­cult crime to solve, as there was no head or hands to iden­tify the body. We be­lieved the body be­longed to an Asian woman and from the clothes we thought she was a maid. “A DNA test matched with one maid re­ported miss­ing from a fam­ily in Abu Dhabi, and it was con­firmed that the body was her. We started check­ing her friends and rel­a­tives.” Al Muzaina said of­fi­cers sus­pected Am­bro when they dis­cov­ered he was a butcher. He said: “From the way the head and hands were cut, we knew the killer was ex­pert. “[The sus­pect] con­fessed that he bor­rowed Dhs10,000 from her and de­cided to kill her when she started ask­ing him to re­turn the money. He went to meet her in­side his ve­hi­cle, a Toy­ota Yaris. He had cov­ered the front seat pas­sen­ger with a garbage bag. “He then stabbed her sev­eral times un­til she passed out.” Al Muzaina said Am­bro dumped the body in Al Warqa that day then hours later, at 2am, went to Aj­man, dug a hole and burned the head and the hands be­fore bury­ing them. Gen Khalil Ibrahim Al Man­souri, As­sis­tant Chief of Dubai Po­lice for Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions, said the sus­pect con­fessed that he had planned to kill her af­ter watch­ing hor­ror movies, adding: “He planned the mur­der based on movies, es­pe­cially zom­bie movies.” Am­bro has been re­ferred to pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion.

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