Expat in Dubai gets 25 years in jail for stabbing colleague eight times
Dubai - The court ordered that the defendant be deported at the end of his 25-year jail sentence.
A 24-year-old man, who stabbed workmate to death at their accommodation, has been sentenced to life in prison by a Dubai court on a murder charge.
The Dubai Court of First Instance earlier heard that the Nepalese man, who works as a cleaner, stabbed the victim eight times in the chest and abdomen, following a verbal brawl on March 1 last year, in Al Barsha.
The court ordered that the defendant be deported at the end of his 25-year jail sentence.
"We went to the crime scene at a building on Dubai-Al Ain road. The security guard led us to the room where the victim was lying down bleeding profusely. He was still alive, hardly breathing and shivering. He was then taken to hospital," a police sergeant said during public prosecution investigation.
"The security guard pointed at the defendant as the man who stabbed the victim. The accused looked agitated. He kept staring at us in a strange way. He then took out the knife from under his clothes and handed it over to us. He admitted he used it to stab the victim. We took him into custody."
The accommodation supervisor, an Ugandan, recalled that shortly before the incident, he fined the defendant Dh20 for smoking inside the laundry room. "It was around 8.45am. The money was to be deducted from his salary upon the administration's instructions. About five minutes later, I heard screaming in the corridor. It was the victim. He was holding his abdomen which was heavily bleeding. He was screaming of pain and asking for help. I heard him saying repeatedly that he got stabbed with a knife. I tried to ask him about what happened but he could not talk."
According to the forensic report, the cause of death was the severe internal bleeding caused by the deep stabs that cut through the right lung, the liver, stomach and vital blood vessels.
A report by a medical committee that evaluated the defendant concluded he is mentally sane and can be held responsible for his actions.
The defendant remains in detention.