Cook who stabbed roommate to death to see out life in jail, Dubai court rules
The man stabbed his roommate to death because he molested him and his girlfriend at a party at a labour accommodation in Ras Al Khor
A cook who stabbed his roommate to death because he molested him and his girlfriend will see out his life sentence.
The Nepalese cook, 29, was at a party at a labour accommodation in Ras Al Khor on December 19 last year when his roommate – a waiter whose nationality and age were not disclosed in court records – molested the cook’s girlfriend.
Police said the defendant admitted to killing the man inside his bedroom then locked the door, threw away the key, washed his bloodied clothes and left the party.
“The defendant told us that he pushed the deceased inside a room to keep him away from his girlfriend but then, the deceased molested him, which angered him, so he went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and stabbed the man repeatedly in the back,” said a police officer, 27.
Police questioned the girlfriend, whose age and nationality were also not disclosed in records, but she told them she was not in the room with the cook and waiter when the stabbing occurred. However, she said she heard screams coming from the room.
The waiter’s co-workers reported the incident after they went to check on him when he did not show up at work.
“His Indian flatmate called me and said the waiter didn't come to work and might be on leave but that when he came to visit him he found the door locked and nobody was answering,” said the accommodation’s security guard.
The guard called police after unlocking the door and finding the man in a pool of blood.
“I thought he had taken the day off but then our supervisor asked about him and why had he not come to work, so I went to check on him but the door was locked, I suspected something was wrong but I didn't expect to find him murdered,” said the Indian cook, 32.
At Dubai Criminal Court in May, the defendant denied a premeditated murder charge but was convicted and sentenced to life in jail followed by deportation.
He appealed the sentence, telling Dubai Court of Appeal that he did not mean to end the man’s life. However, the court upheld his life sentence and he will be deported after serving his prison term, which is 25 years.
Updated: November 12, 2017 02:49 PM