x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Maid who admitted killing compatriot faces consensual sex charge

Ugandan maid, who admitted stabbing a man to death, now faces a separate accusation of having consensual sex.

DUBAI // A maid who admitted stabbing a man to death now faces a further charge of having consensual sex.

EK, a 28-year-old Ugandan, failed to appear before the Misdemeanour Court today to answer the sex charge, but court records show that she confessed in July to the premeditated murder of her compatriot SK.

She told the Criminal Court that she killed the man in self defence on April 7 when he started chasing her around the building they were both living in.

"I got scared and picked up a knife and stabbed him but I didn't see where I stabbed him," she told judge Hamad Abdul Latif.

PR a 27-year-old Ugandan security guard, told prosecutors that the dead man had offered to give him a lift to Mirdiff at about 11am on the day of the stabbing.

"I waited for him near the supermarket where we agreed but he didn't show up," said the security guard. He said he called the man's mobile phone, but did not get an answer. "He had told me he lived in the third floor of the building next to the supermarket so I headed there," he told the court.

When he reached the lift he saw the woman running down on the stairs of the flat in Fareej Al Marar with blood stains on her hands. She was screaming: "I killed him, I killed him".

The police major AA testified that when the woman appeared at Naif police station she was still screaming: "I killed somebody".

When officers searched her one bedroom apartment they found the knife used in the stabbing under her sofa. During the murder investigation she denied having sex with the man she stabbed.

She told investigators that the only man she had sex with was another Ugandan man identified as M and that this happened one month before the killing.

She said they had met at a Ugandan restaurant in Jumeirah and had sex twice afterwards. This confession led to her charge at the Misdemeanour Court.

She told investigators she arrived in the country on a visit visa in March before taking a job as a maid.

The woman will be summoned to attend the Misdemeanour Court's next hearing, which was scheduled for September 19. The Criminal Court is yet to issue a sentence on the murder charge.

salamir@thenational.ae