DUBAI // A drugged-up man who beat his neighbour to death while taking his pet monkey for a walk has been sentenced to ten years in prison.
SE, 31, an Emirati, was walking the monkey past his neighbour's house in Rashidiya on July 16 when the two became involved in a dispute over a barmaid.
The neighbour, who was dating the barmaid, told the man to stay away from her before challenging him to a fight.
He agreed and the two men and the animal walked to a nearby deserted area.
As the man began tying his pet to a pole his neighbour attacked him with a razor blade and slashed his head before poking him in the eye.
The man then punched his neighbour in the face and kicked him to the ground. He then got on top of his neighbour, bit his nose and filled his mouth with sand.
As the neighbour's breathing became more laboured the man panicked, stole his money and fled. He told his brother about the fight and the neighbour's family was informed.
Rescue services removed the neighbour's dead body from an area near the Abdulla Bilal railing and took it to Rashid Hospital. A postmortem found the cause of death to be concussion and internal bleeding in the head.
The man admitted charges of assault under the influence of drugs and assault that lead to death.
The verdict is subject to appeal within 15 days.