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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Boyfriend and two friends jailed for life for stabbing to death girlfriend’s brother in Dubai

Emirati victim disapproved of his sister’s boyfriend but was trying to calm a dispute that escalated because of his mother at the time of the attack

Three men who stabbed to death the brother of one of their girlfriends in a cemetery have each been sentenced to life in prison.

The Emirati victim disapproved of his sister’s boyfriend but was trying to calm a dispute that escalated because of his mother at the time of the attack in a cemetery in Al Quoz.

Dubai Criminal Court on Sunday convicted the boyfriend, 27, who holds a Comoros Islands passport, along with his 22-year-old compatriot and an Emirati friend, 19, with premeditated murder.

Two other men, both Emiratis aged 27, who were charged with knowing about the crime, failing to report it to police and aiding the defendants by burning their clothes, hiding their car and burying the knives, will be referred to the Court of Misdemeanors.

On March 18, 2015 the boyfriend and his two friends headed to the victim’s house in Al Quoz to assault him but were chased off by his mother.

She followed the three men to the boyfriend’s house nearby and began insulting them, forcing the men to call the victim to come and take his mother home.

When he arrived, the victim calmed the situation by promising his mother, and the mother of his sister’s boyfriend, that their problem would be resolved. He then kissed the two women on their foreheads.

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The brother, whose age was not given, and the boyfriend then took a walk together to the old cemetery, where the boyfriend pushed the Emirati to the ground before sitting on top of him and stabbing him repeatedly. His two friends then joined him in the fatal assault.

The trio then left the man to bleed to death. He was spotted by a passer-by, who called police. An ambulance arrived and rushed the brother to Rashid Hospital but he died in surgery.

An Emirati police lieutenant told the court that the boyfriend’s two friends saw the attack and joined in. “The knives used in the assault were stolen from a nearby supermarket,” said the officer, adding that the three men fled in a car.

“They later called two friends, who helped them hide the car because its seats were stained with blood,” the officer said.

“They also buried the knives and burnt the clothes they were wearing at the time of the murder.”

A medical report stated that the victim had been stabbed seven times, including three times in the heart.