x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Father accused of torturing daughter, 8, faces court today

A father accused of torturing and killing his 8-year-old daughter is to appear in court along with the lover who allegedly assisted him.

DUBAI // A father accused of torturing and killing his 8-year-old daughter will appear in court tomorrow along with the lover who allegedly assisted him.

H?S, 29, who was living with his girlfriend, AM, 27, in a studio apartment in International City, is accused of torturing Wadeema and her 7-year-old sister, Mira. When Wadeema died of her injuries, she was wrapped in a cloth and buried in the Sharjah desert, prosecutors claim.

The defendants, both Emirati, are said to have locked the girls in the bathroom or the closet for hours without food or water.

Both girls were subjected to physical and psychological torture, the attorney general said. The bodies of the two were repeatedly burned with an iron and cigarettes. It is also alleged the father poured boiling water on the girls, and they were beaten with sticks, electric wires, iron bars and stunned with a taser gun,

Essam Al Humaidan, the Dubai attorney general, has announced he will seek the death penalty if HS is convicted.

Sources close to the case said the court may listen to the testimonies of witnesses tomorrow to avoid a long trial.

salamir@thenational.ae