Police solve murder mystery, arrest two

SHARJAH—The Sharjah Police yesterday claimed to have solved the mystery surrounding the death of 48-year-old Sharjah-based Indian expatriate, whose decomposed body was found lying in a villa in the Al Fayha area last Tuesday. The deceased’s throat had been slit apparently by a sharp-edged weapon.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

Published: Tue 20 Nov 2007, 8:32 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:38 AM

A police source said two Sri Lankans have been arrested for the alleged murder of the victim, identified as Mohammed Saleem. The suspects identified as 30-year-old R.D. and 35-year-old J.R. have reportedly confessed their involvement in the crime.

According to their statements to the police, the duo slit Saleem’s throat on November 9 and stole Dh2,500 and a number of watches belonging to the victim.

The police source said residents of Al Fayha had on November 13 complained of foul smell emanating from house number 17. A police team rushed to the scene and discovered the decomposed body.

The room in which the body was found showed signs of struggle and the passport of the victim was also found lying on the floor.

During investigations, an eye-witness told the CID officers about having seen two men leaving the house on November 9 night. The same men again visited the deceased’s house the following day at around 12.30pm and were seen leaving with some belongings.

The eye-witness claimed he noticed scratch marks on the neck of one of the suspects.

Based on the information and the description provided by the eye-witness, the police arrested R.D. in Ajman, who confessed his involvement in the crime. On his tip-off, J.R. was later found in the custody of Al Hairah police in Sharjah. He had been detained for stealing a motor-cycle, possessing illegal weapons and consumption of alcohol.

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