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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 March 2019

Abu Dhabi cook sentenced to death for ‘most stupid’ murder

The Indian cook bludgeoned the neighbour’s maid to death after she told him she was pregnant with his child, despite the fact they had never had sex.

ABU DHABI// A murderer described by his lawyer as “the most stupid I have seen in 40 years” has been sentenced to death by the criminal court.

The killer bludgeoned to death the neighbour’s maid, who he had been having a relationship with, after she told him she was pregnant and threatened to report him for rape.

He believed her claims – despite the fact they had never had sex.

The killer, who worked as a cook for an Emirati government official, lived in a villa near the maid. They met as they were depositing rubbish outside in dustbins.

A few days later, as the cook was working on the roof, the maid saw him and signalled him to come over to her employer’s house, who was away on holiday at the time.

He went and they had some “romantic time on the roof which did not exceed hugging”, the defence lawyer said.

A week later he visited her again and she told him he had made her pregnant. She also threatened that she would accuse him of rape.

The cook, who was described by his lawyer as the “most stupid murderer” he has seen in 40 years, believed her.

He spotted a large stone outside the bathroom door and hit her over the head with it three times, killing her.

He placed her body in a bathtub filled with water, then set the villa alight to hide the evidence. The villa was reduced to ashes, but the bathtub survived because it was filled with water.

The defendant was arrested after he went to his employer asking him to help him flee the country.

But his employer reported him, and offered to pay defence expenses and blood money.

The cook’s lawyer had previously argued that his client could not be charged with premeditated murder because he did not plan the crime.

The case had been on hold since 2010 because the court could not track down the maid’s family.

The judge issued the death penalty, although it was not recorded as the family had not yet been found.

hdajani@thenational.ae

Updated: January 30, 2014 04:00 AM

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