Attacker to be tried for assault leading to death

DUBAI - The 24-year-old Emirati alleged attacker of a Kenyan woman, who died on Tuesday after lying in coma for 31 days in hospital, will be charged with assault leading to death and sexual harassment.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 22 Mar 2012, 4:22 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:38 AM

Colonel Ali Ghanim, Director of Bur Dubai Police Station, said that the accused and his two friends had a dispute with the woman at a discotheque after they allegedly harassed a friend of the woman on February 18.

The woman was attacked at the parking lot of a hotel, he said, adding that the woman was working as a sales clerk in a Dubai mall.

The friend of the deceased told the police that the vicitm was beaten up when she tried to prevent the men from sexually harassing her.

The trio beat her up and ran away, she said.

Police officers rushed to the place and took the victim to the Rashid Hospital. She was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital. She had slipped into coma. She breathed her last on Tuesday, Ali Ghanim said.

He said that the police launched a hunt for the three suspects and arrested them. However, the charges against the two others were dropped after the Emirati suspect admitted that he hit the woman’s head against the ground repeatedly. He told the police that the woman verbally abused him and his friends, which irritated him.

Ali Ghanim said that both the other suspects did not assault the woman.

The body of the victim was referred to the General Department of Forensic Medicine and it will be handed over to the family after completion of legal and administrative procedures, said Ali Ghanim.

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