DUBAI // A labourer accused of murdering a prostitute in a dispute over her fee was linked to the crime scene by DNA traces left on a cigarette, the criminal court heard today.
The 27-year-old MK, from Bangladesh, was accused of strangling the prostitute - whose identity is unknown - with her shayla after paying her only half of the Dh100 fee she demanded.
Police found her badly decomposed body at an abandoned house in Al Mankhool on May 24 this year following a tip off. The body was lying on a couch and covered by a wooden bar. It had become so decomposed that her skull and arm bones were showing.
Forensic experts, who believe the woman must have died months previously, matched traces of DNA found on a discarded cigarette butt next to the dead body to the labourer - who was already under suspicion after police informants accused him of the killing.
Prosecutors said that the labourer denied knowing the woman when he was first arrested. He later confessed and said that he only knew her first name and that she was a prostitute. "We agreed to have sex for Dh100," he told them.
The labourer took her to the abandoned house and had sex with her, but afterwards paid her only Dh50. He said that the prostitute then threatened to send a number of men to beat him up.
His arresting officer JA, 24, said the labourer admitted that he then strangled her with her shayla and waited until he was sure that she was dead before leaving the room.
The labourer told police that the prostitute was from Bangladesh and in her thirties, but said he did not know any other details about her identity.
Prosecutors said the labourer left the woman's belongings next to her body and had not attempted to steal anything from her.
The labourer, who was charged with premeditated murder, did not enter a plea.
The case was adjourned to September 11.