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House­maid threat­ens to kill spon­sor’s fam­ily over pass­port


- BY BASSAM ZA’ZA’ Le­gal and Court Cor­re­spon­dent

Ahouse­maid has been ac­cused of threat­en­ing to kill her­self or her spon­sor and his son if he did not re­turn her pass­port to her to travel home.

In Oc­to­ber, the In­dian spon­sor was at his res­i­dence along with his wife, son and mother-in-law, when the Nepalese house­maid, 31, rushed an­grily into the liv­ing room.

Records said the house­maid yelled out­ra­geously at her spon­sor and asked him to give back her pass­port, be­cause she wanted to travel home.

When the spon­sor tried to calm her down, she rushed to the kitchen and grabbed a knife that she pointed at her belly.

She then threat­ened to kill her­self or kill her spon­sor and his fam­ily, if she didn’t get her pass­port.

As the house­maid waved the knife in her spon­sor’s face, the lat­ter’s five-year-old son came run­ning across the room, and the maid lunged at him.

Records said the boy’s grand­mother stood in the house­maid’s way to block her and ended up get­ting in­jured in the hand with the knife.

The spon­sor then called the po­lice, who ar­rested the house­maid.

Pros­e­cu­tors ac­cused the maid of threat­en­ing her spon­sor and as­sault­ing the moth­erin-law and in­jur­ing her.

The sus­pect pleaded not guilty when she ap­peared be­fore the Dubai Court of First In­stance yes­ter­day.

The 31-year-old told pre­sid­ing judge Fahd Al Shamsi: “I am not guilty … I just want my pass­port to travel home.”

The In­dian spon­sor told pros­e­cu­tors that the in­ci­dent hap­pened at his res­i­dence in Al Bar­sha.

“The sus­pect came into the main hall (liv­ing room) and shouted an­grily that she wanted her pass­port to travel. I tried to calm her down but she brought a knife from the kitchen. She threat­ened to kill her­self and also waved (the knife) in our face and threat­ened to kill my fam­ily. She ran to­wards my son, but my mother-in-law stopped her,” he told pros­e­cu­tors.

A rul­ing will be heard on De­cem­ber 12.

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