x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Authorities re-open murder case

The Public Prosecution is re-investigating the case of a security guard charged with the premeditated murder of his wife

DUBAI // The Public Prosecution office is re-investigating the case of a security guard charged with the premeditated murder of his wife, after reviewing statements made two months ago by the suspect and three witnesses. The suspect, a Filipino identified as LOM, 33, is being held at Al Qusais police station. Jocelyn Pafayon, 39, died in the home the couple shared in Al Twar on May 2. LOM is also facing charges of drinking alcohol.

"Last week, a re-investigation took place at the Dubai Public Prosecution. It was meant to follow up the statements made by the witnesses and LOM," said a source close to the case, who asked not to be identified. "It will take months before this particular case will be referred to the Dubai courts." LOM had earlier denied deliberately stabbing his wife and testified before the police and public prosecution that he had grabbed a kitchen knife from her. He claimed they fell to the floor and the knife accidentally struck Pafayon in the neck.

A Filipino consulate officer in Dubai said he had visited LOM at the police detention centre in May. "He was full of remorse when I last spoke to him. He said it happened so fast and that they had a misunderstanding before it happened. He also admitted that they both had been drinking at that time." He said the victim's family had requested repatriation assistance from the consulate, which it had provided.

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