Man faces ex­e­cu­tion for rape, mur­der

The Gulf Today - - HOME - BY HAMZA M. SENGENDO

DUBAI: A man who raped and killed a coun­try­man sus­pected of publi­cis­ing his kinswomen’s pho­tos was sen­tenced to death on Tues­day and his ac­com­plice jailed for ten years.

The Asian de­fen­dant, 33, after sus­pect­ing the de­ceased vis­i­tor, 30, of publi­cis­ing pho­tos of his fe­male rel­a­tives, venge­fully raped, stran­gled and buried him in a sandy area, Jebel Ali Po­lice Sta­tion records showed.

The court sen­tenced him to death over the rape and mur­der and two years in jail for hav­ing robbed the de­ceased of his be­long­ings. A black­smith, 21, was con­victed of tak­ing part in the mur­der and theft.

The court sen­tenced him to ten years in jail over the mur­der and one year in jail to be fol­lowed by de­por­ta­tion over the theft. He had con­tended in court that the de­fen­dant com­mit­ted the mur­der alone.

On Mar.16, a Jor­da­nian com­pany man­ager spot­ted a heap of sand and stones. He saw a right foot and called po­lice. An Emi­rati lieu­tenant and his col­league saw the body un­der the sand and stones heap.

The killers had tied the de­ceased up with a rope, stran­gled him and buried him in the sandy area in Jebel Ali at a spot fre­quented by boot­leg­gers and con­tract­ing com­pany work­ers to mis­lead in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

An Emi­rati war­rant ofi­cer said an ex­am­i­na­tion of his DNA helped iden­tify him. Po­lice learnt he was last seen with the de­fen­dant. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed the black­smith ac­com­pa­nied them.

Upon ar­rest, the black­smith con­fessed to have helped the de­fen­dant in the mur­der and nar­rated, “The de­ceased ar­rived in the coun­try re­cently. The de­fen­dant gave me his num­ber to call him for a meeting.

“We drove with him in our com­pany ve­hi­cle to­wards Abu Dhabi. To make him re­lax and not suspect any­thing wrong would hap­pen, the de­fen­dant bought him some drinks at a re­fu­elling sta­tion on the way.

“The de­fen­dant later pulled over at the sandy area. We got out. He was so dis­ap­pointed and re­lent­lessly asked the de­ceased to tell him the rea­son he pub­li­cised his fe­male fam­ily mem­bers’ pho­tos in Pak­istan.

“The de­ceased tried dodging the topic and kept telling the de­fen­dant that the pho­tos were pub­li­cised by an­other man. The de­fen­dant told me to sex­u­ally as­sault the de­ceased. I re­fused.

“The de­fen­dant con­ducted the sex­ual as­sault on him. There­after, he told me to fetch a rope from the ve­hi­cle. He fas­tened the de­ceased’s arms to his legs. I helped him. He wound the rope around the neck.

“We pulled from ei­ther side. The de­fen­dant kept beat­ing him. He tried to catch his breath. The de­fen­dant crammed sand in his mouth. We buried him. The de­fen­dant took his mobile and wal­let.” The rul­ing re­mains sub­ject to ap­peal at the Ap­peals Court in 14 days.

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