Worker sen­tenced to death for rape, mur­der

Rul­ing in ab­sen­tia against ab­scon­der who killed vic­tim for post­ing rel­a­tive’s photo on­line

Gulf News - - Nation - BY BAS­SAM ZA’ZA’

Le­gal and Court Cor­re­spon­dent

Aworker has been sen­tenced to death for tak­ing a man into the desert where he raped him and then as­phyx­i­ated him with a rope for post­ing his fe­male rel­a­tive’s pho­tos on the in­ter­net.

The 33-year-old Pak­istani worker con­spired with his 21-year-old coun­try­man black­smith against the 30-year-old vic­tim, who had just ar­rived in Dubai last March.

The mur­derer and his black­smith friend lured the Pak­istani vic­tim to go on a drive and drove to a desert area near Jebel Ali where the 33-year-old in­dulged in forcible sex with the vic­tim. Af­ter the rape, the Pak­istani de­fen­dants stran­gled the man with a rope.

Con­ceal­ing ev­i­dence

The 33-year-old ac­cused stuffed sand into the vic­tim’s mouth as the lat­ter re­sisted the at­tack and strug­gled to breathe.

Af­ter mak­ing sure the vic­tim had died, they cov­ered his body with sand and rocks be­fore driv­ing off.

The Court of First In­stance sen­tenced the con­vict in ab­sen­tia to death for rap­ing and killing the vic­tim.

“He will also spend two years in jail for rob­bing the de­ceased,” said pre­sid­ing judge Mo­ham­mad Ja­mal. Ac­cord­ing to yes­ter­day’s judge­ment, judge Ja­mal handed the 21-year-old ac­com­plice 10 years in jail for the pre­med­i­tated mur­der and an ad­di­tional year in jail for theft.

The ac­com­plice will be de­ported af­ter serv­ing his pun­ish­ment.

The crime came to light when work­ers who live in a labour ac­com­mo­da­tion at Jebel Ali no­ti­fied their su­per­vi­sor about a foul smell com­ing from a nearby spot be­fore the vic­tim’s body was found.

Crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors were sum­moned to the area where the vic­tim’s corpse was found. The body was partly de­com­posed, and stray an­i­mals had eaten the fin­gers and dif­fer­ent parts of the body.

Black­smith con­spir­a­tor

Pri­mary po­lice in­ter­ro­ga­tions ex­posed the in­volve­ment of the Pak­istani black­smith, who was ar­rested.

Ac­cord­ing to the chargesheet, pros­e­cu­tors said the fugi­tive sus­pect con­spired with his coun­try­man in driv­ing the vic­tim to the desert where they tied his hands and legs and stran­gled him af­ter the 33-year-old had raped him.

The 21-year-old ac­cused pleaded not guilty and re­futed his ac­cu­sa­tions.

“I was not in­volved in the mur­der. The fugi­tive [33-year-old ac­cused] is the one who killed the vic­tim be­cause of a pre­vi­ous dis­pute. He fled from the city,” ar­gued the de­fen­dant.

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