Jobless in dock over killing

A jobless man allegedly stabbed to death a labourer at a party after the latter did not welcome his guest, a court heard.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Mon 22 Jul 2013, 12:37 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:58 AM

According to prosecution records, the 27-year-old Pakistani man, N.J., was playing an instrument at the party and he went mad after the victim, who was singing and playing drums, stopped his performance the moment his guest walked in.

N.J. and the other man followed the victim after he returned to his accommodation which was about 20 minutes away from the party venue in Jebel Ali.

He carried a knife with him and stabbed the victim in the chest until he was dead. He has been charged with premeditated murder in the Court of First Instance. The case dates back to June 26, 2009.

A police sergeant said that many labourers at the accommodation told him that the defendant was very mad because of the victim’s behaviour towards his guest.

A labourer claimed N.J. was upset because he had paid the victim and others to play drums and sing at the party. “Both had a verbal brawl at the party and the accused would not calm down later”.

N.J. admitted in the interrogation that he knocked on the victim’s door and when he opened it he slapped him on his face and they engaged in a physical fight. He then stabbed the victim, but the cut was not fatal, so he stabbed him again in his chest.

Other labourers were allegedly aware of the murder and some of them gave N.J. a lift to Al Aweer so he could travel from there to Abu Dhabi. Other workers also claimed that the accused sought their help to flee the country.

They all failed to report the murder. Some of them had been charged in a separate case and cleared of helping a wanted murder accused flee justice.

A police lieutenant said that N.J. fled the UAE to Pakistan through Oman after the murder.

But the police tracked his whereabouts with his brother’s help.

He was extradited back to the UAE, pursuant to a Public Prosecution request to the Interpol.

“When quizzed about the reason why he left the UAE, N.J. alleged he was in violation of the residency law. But he had been violating for a long time”.

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