Crime and Courts

Maid admits to killing love child in Dubai flat

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on December 14, 2017 | Last updated on December 14, 2017 at 05.49 am
Maid admits to killing love child in Dubai flat


The maid had locked herself for two hours in the toilet.

A housemaid has admitted in a Dubai court to smothering her love child to death with a piece of cloth. During her trial at the Court of First Instance on Wednesday, the 32-year-old Filipina admitted to a murder charge.

She confessed she had suffocated the baby boy by stuffing a piece of cloth inside his mouth. The incident took place inside the toilet of her female sponsor's sister's house in Al Qusais on September 16.

The 36-year-old Filipina sponsor's sister, who works as an air hostess, said: "Around 1am, I saw the accused exhausted and she told me it was because of her menstrual pain. She then went to the toilet and stayed there for about two hours. I knocked on the door to check on her several times but she did not open.

"When she got out later, she held a plastic bag which she put near the kitchen's door. She rushed to sit on a chair. I urged her to let me take her to hospital as she looked quite tired and unwell but she would not let me. I could see she was bleeding a lot."

The witness added: "At 3pm, we had to call an ambulance to take her to hospital. A doctor there told us the maid had just given birth and that was why she was bleeding."

A forensic expert concluded in her report the maid's baby was born healthy and alive and that the cause of death was heart and breathing failure due to suffocation.

A police lieutenant said they went to the flat in Al Nahda, Al Qusais, after getting informed by a hospital about an illicit pregnancy case. "We found blood all across the main room. There was a bag containing lots of women's clothes, and under the clothes was a dead newborn with a piece of cloth inside his mouth."

During the next hearing scheduled for January 3, a defence lawyer will be named to represent the maid after she told the presiding judge she did not have one.


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, Lebanese community-related affairs and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, Marie worked as an in-house reporter, covering international affairs for the LBCI and the LBC Sat (Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International), a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for Sagesse, a renowned law college in the heart of the Lebanese capital. Marie speaks fluently Arabic, French, English and Spanish. She is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and of the French literature.

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