x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Facebook death threats to waitress earn Dubai man three months in jail

Man who posted death threats on the Facebook page of a waitress who spurned his marriage proposal is jailed for three months.

DUBAI // A man who posted death threats on the Facebook wall of a waitress who spurned his marriage proposal has been sentenced to three months in jail.

SK, a 33-year-old Sri Lankan electrician, posted the message in March after being turned down by the 24-year-old Filipina EK. In the message, he sought the help of other users on how he should murder her.

The waitress told the Criminal Court the pair met while working in an Abu Dhabi hotel and that he proposed shortly after.

"He kept on annoying me but then I got transferred to Dubai," she said, adding that he did not stop calling her until she changed her mobile number.

He then posted on her Facebook wall a message that read: "I need kill [EK] plz tell me how I will kill her."

A friend of the waitress saw the post and told her to check her profile. The waitress then reported the electrician to police.

The electrician told officers that the two were in love, but that he posted the message after she refused to pay back Dh1,000 he had lent her.

In court he confessed to a charge of using Facebook to make threats to kill, but denied sending a personal message carrying the same threat. He was acquitted of sending the personal message.

He will be deported after completing his prison term.

salamir@thenational.ae