x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

16 years for woman who beat maid to death

The court also sentenced her male neighbour to 13 years, and ordered each of them to pay Dh200,000 in blood money to the maid's relatives.

ABU DHABI // A woman who beat her maid to death was yesterday sentenced to 16 years in jail by the Criminal Court.

The court also sentenced her male neighbour E?H to a 13-year term, and ordered each of them to pay Dh200,000 in blood money to the maid’s relatives.

N?S and E?H, both Emiratis, undressed the maid, from Indonesia, before beating her to death with a frying pan. They were sentenced to 10 years each for causing her death, plus three years each for hiding evidence and misleading authorities. They had claimed the injuries were caused when she slipped on the kitchen floor and hit her head.

N?S was sentenced to an additional three years for sexual assault.

The court heard previously that N?S would regularly undress the maid to humiliate her and torture her by forcing her to eat spicy food.

Both N?S and E?H blamed each other. N?S claimed that E?H killed the maid because she threatened to report his homosexual activities to the police. E?H claimed that he only watched as N?S beat the maid.

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