Double tragedy: Bodies handed over to family

DUBAI — The grief-stricken father, whose six-year-old son and 33-year-old wife plunged to death on Tuesday morning from the window in a building in Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), received the bodies after returning from Iran, said the police on Wednesday.

By Ahmad Shabaan

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Published: Thu 29 Sep 2011, 11:50 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:00 AM

“The Dubai Police have notified the man of the terrible incident. He flew in from Iran to Dubai and received the corpses of his son and wife,” Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation (CID) at the Dubai Police, Brigadier Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, told Khaleej Times.

“The father, who is on residence visa, was paying a visit to his family back home in Iran. The 15-year-old girl, who was devastated by the scene of the incident, is now being taken care of by a woman relative and is not in a care centre as some media said,” he added.

The Operations Room of the Dubai Police was alerted on Tuesday morning that a boy and his mother, both Iranian, were lying in a pool of blood after plunging to death in front of the parking facility of a 36-storeyed JLT residential building. Police investigations proved that the mother, who was waiting for the school bus with her daughter, 15, left her young son unattended in their apartment on the 8th floor. “The mother’s negligence can be mainly blamed for the tragic incident,” he said.

The mother, according to an eyewitness, even pushed herself out of the narrow window and plunged to the ground. She fell on the body of her dying and bleeding son and at the feet of her weeping daughter. Brigadier Al Mansouri said most of the fatal plunge cases in Dubai are reported in under construction buildings rather than residential buildings. “Ignoring safety measures is the main reason behind such cases.”

Brigadier Al Mansouri then urged parents to be more cautious and keep the doors of balconies closed and never leave their children unattended.

Meanwhile, the Dubai Municipality conducted a preliminary investigation into the incident after it was alerted about the deaths, an official said.

Marwan Al Mohammed, the head of the Engineering Supervision Section of the municipality’s Building Department said a technical report was prepared after the investigation. However, he did not divulge the details of the report.

“We will hand it over to the Public Prosecution as we do in all accident cases. However, the property does not come under the municipality’s jurisdiction and we cannot comment about the safety situation there,” he said.

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