Bangladeshi labourer killed over money dispute

DUBAI - The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance on March 18 heard the case of murder of a Bangladeshi labourer, Z.A., allegedly by a compatriot, M.D.

By Mary Nammour (Staff Reporter)

Published: Tue 18 Mar 2008, 8:33 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:46 PM

According to the court records, on October 1, 2007, M.D., 35, a labourer, hit Z.A. with an iron baton while he was sleeping, killing him.

S.N., 32, engineer from India, had testified earlier that he was at work on the company’s premises in Al Quoz Industrial Area one day when Z.A. came crying. “He said M.D. was accusing him of stealing his money and that he would report Z.A. to the police. After sometime, M.D. came and told me that he had given Z.A. Dh5,300 to keep so that he could take it back when he wanted to send the money home. Z.A. handed over the money when M.D. asked for it but the latter did not count it at the time. On his way to transfer money to his home country, M.D. found out that there was only Dh1,300,” S.N. said.

“I advised him not to report the matter to the police because he does not have any proof that Z.A. had taken money from him. I said he should rather reconcile with him,” S.N. said in his testimony.

“On October 1, 2007, when I reached work around 6.40am, I heard that one labourer, who turned out to be Z.A., was killed on the iron chopper board. The labourers were spreading news that M.D. might have killed him as Z.A. had constantly insulted M.D. and had also warned M.D. against reporting the matter to the superior officials of the company.”

The court is likely to pronounce the verdict on April 1.

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