Court lessens killer mom’s pun­ish­ment

The Gulf Today - - HOME - BY HAMZA M SENGENDO

A maid who smoth­ered her il­le­git­i­mate new­born son con­vinced a jury to drop 20 years from her life term on Sun­day.

The Asian house­maid, 32, de­liv­ered in­side the wash­room of the apart­ment of her spon­sor’s sis­ter in Nah­dah area at around 10am on Sept.16.2017, ac­cord­ing to records at Al Qu­sais Po­lice Sta­tion.

She crammed a piece of cloth in the baby’s mouth. “Yes,” she con­fessed dur­ing Dubai Crim­i­nal Court ques­tion­ing. The court on Jul.25 last year or­dered that she be re­ferred to doc­tors to ex­am­ine her san­ity. Pros­e­cu­tors de­manded the tough est pun­ish­ment. the court on nov .14 sen­tenced her to 25 years in jail to be fol­lowed by de­por­ta­tion. She ap­pealed. The Ap­peals Court com­muted the jail term to ive years.

A Filip­ina em­ployee stay­ing in­side the apart­ment said that she saw the maid very ex­hausted and asked her about it. The maid claimed she was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­strual cramps. She went to the wash­room.

“I knocked on the wash­room door sev­eral times. She was not open­ing. She spent around two hours there. She came out with a plas­tic bag, placed it be­side the kitchen, walked to the sa­lon and stretched on a sofa.” At around 3pm her con­di­tion wors­ened. The em­ployee, her hus­band and sis­ter es­corted the maid to a Dubai hos­pi­tal where a doc­tor noti­ied them the maid had just de­liv­ered and that was the cause of bleed­ing.

An Emi­rati lieu­tenant said he came across stains in the sa­lon then saw a plas­tic bag be­side the kitchen. “I checked in­side the bag and found it con­tained a pile of women’s clothes, un­der which there was a baby,” he said.

An Egyp­tian foren­sic doc­tor ex­am­ined con­tu­sions and bruises on the baby’s fore­head, in and out­side his nose, neck and left cheek be­sides hem­or­rhage in the lungs. “He was born alive then smoth­ered,” he said.

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