x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Death for driver who murdered manager over unpaid wages

Employee who stabbed Dubai Holding finance manager to death over unpaid wages is sentenced to death.

DUBAI // A former driver for Dubai Holdings who murdered his finance manager by bludgeoning him with a hammer and stabbing him 30 times was today sentenced to death.

NM, a 35-year-old Indian, believed he was owed thousands of dirhams in unpaid salary when he resigned from the company in May 2010.

The Dubai Criminal Court heard he blamed the finance manager SR, whose body was found by police lying face down in a pool of blood on the floor of his apartment in Karama on July 9. A broken hammer had been discarded nearby.

Friends and relatives of the finance manager raised the alarm after he failed to return their telephone calls.

A Dubai Properties administrative affairs manager told prosecutors that the driver had been at the company since 2007 and that he resigned in May 2010.

"When I met him during the exit interview he said that he was owed Dh45,000 by [SR] and claimed that he had nothing to lose and would chase him to his home in India if he needed to. He said that his family could take care of his children," said the administrative affairs manager.

The policeman JM, 27, said that when the driver was arrested at his home in Sharjah he willingly confessed to the killing. "He said he got rid of his bloodied shirt and shoes when he arrived in Sharjah," said the policeman.

"He also told me that after a short conversation, [the finance manager] took a knife off his table and tried to stab him. It was at this moment when he noticed a hammer nearby. He grabbed it and hit the victim."

In court, NM denied premeditated murder but was found guilty. The verdict is subject to appeal within 15 days.

salamir@thenational.ae