Crime and Courts

Cleaner who killed workmate loses appeal against 25-year jail term in Dubai

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on November 10, 2020


He will be deported at the end of his jail term

A cleaner, who stabbed his workmate to death at their accommodation, has lost appeal against a life term in prison sentence. The Dubai Court of Appeals upheld the 25-year imprisonment and deportation order issued against the 24-year-old Nepalese.

The court earlier heard that the accused had stabbed the victim eight times in the chest and abdomen, following a verbal brawl on March 1 last year in Al Barsha.

“We went to the crime scene at a building on Dubai-Al Ain road. The security guard led us to the room, where we found the victim bleeding heavily. He was still alive then, but was barely breathing. He was rushed to the hospital,” a police sergeant said during the public prosecution investigation.

“The security guard pointed to the defendant, saying he was the one who stabbed the victim. The accused looked agitated. He kept staring at us in a strange way. He then took the knife from under his clothes and handed it over to us. He admitted he stabbed the victim with it. We took him into custody.”

The accommodation supervisor, a Ugandan, recalled that shortly before the incident, he fined the defendant Dh20 for smoking inside the laundry room. “It was around 8.45am. About five minutes later, I heard screams in the corridor. It was the victim and he was bleeding heavily. He was screaming in pain and asking for help. I heard him saying repeatedly that he got stabbed with a knife. I tried to ask him what happened, but he could not talk.”

According to the forensic report, the cause of death was severe internal bleeding caused by the deep stabs that cut through his right lung, liver, stomach and vital blood vessels.

A report by a medical committee that evaluated the defendant concluded he was mentally sane.

The defendant remained in detention since his arrest.

The verdict has become final as it was not contested within the legal time limit.


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit university of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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