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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Court increases jail term to life for man who threw roommate out of a window

Dubai prosecutors appealed against the original 10-year sentence for premeditated murder and consuming alcohol

A worker who killed his roommate by throwing him from a window had his 10-year jail sentence extended to life in prison.

The Indian labourer, 30, said he became angry on November 11, 2016, after his roommate – the victim whose age and nationality were not disclosed in court records – insulted his mother and sister after the victim refused to bring the Indian labourer a glass of water.

According to court records, the worker grabbed the victim from behind and dragged him to the window, lifted him up and threw him out of the window of the plumbing company’s accommodation in Dubai Investments Park.

After throwing his roommate out, the worker looked out of the window to see if he had died then went to sleep, the worker told police.

The man sustained multiple fractures and other injuries, including brain haemorrhage, which led to his death.

Police suspected foul play after receiving the report of a man falling to his death.

Investigations revealed that the defendant and the deceased had been drinking alcohol with two other friends earlier in the evening but were then left alone.

The worker was arrested and admitted to killing the man, saying they argued after the victim refused to bring his roommate a glass of water.

“The defendant told us during questioning that the deceased said he would have sex with his mother and sisters, this made the labourer furious so he killed his roommate,” said a police officer.

The worker told officers that the victim made insulting statements then punched and slapped him in the face and continued hitting him on the head while screaming obscenities at him until the labourer seized him in a fit of anger.

“I wanted to get rid of him,” the labourer said.

In October last year, the worker was convicted in Dubai Criminal Court of premeditated murder and consuming alcohol and was sentenced to 10 years in jail, followed by deportation.

Prosecutors appealed against the sentence and sought the death penalty. However, Dubai Court of Appeal sentenced the worker to life in prison followed by deportation.

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