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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Man threatened to kill ex-girlfriend, Dubai court hears 

A man is accused of threatening to kill his former girlfriend in a message to her mother but he says his former lover was trying to blackmail him

A man accused of threatening to kill a former girlfriend via an iMessage denied the accusations in court on Tuesday morning, saying that she was trying to blackmail him.

The Chinese defendant’s lawyer told Dubai Criminal Court that after she split from him, they got bitter and the woman decided to frame his client.

“She took his apartment and gave it away for rent, then his mother’s car, which she also rented and refused to give my client the due sums, and whenever he called her to demand the money, she threatened to land him in trouble by reporting him to police and accusing him of doing harm to her. She then blackmailed him by telling him to stop asking for the money or she would frame him with the police,” said the lawyer to judges.

Prosecutors said that the 23-year-old defendant allegedly sent an iPhone iMessage to her mother, in which he allegedly wrote: “If she did not solve this, I will kill her.”

The Chinese woman, 27, told prosecutors that she had been in a relationship with the defendant for about two years but broke up with him in January following several disputes.

“It was then when he started to harass me and in March he asked me to pay him the value of all the gifts that he bought me when we were together,” she said, adding that he kept on calling and messaging but she did not answer him.

She said that he came to her Al Rashidiya home but she refused to open the door for him.

“On May 28 he sent my mother a message threatening to kill me, so I reported him to police,” said the woman.

Police apprehended the man and, during questioning, he denied sending the message. Prosecutors said that he admitted to threatening the woman but in court he denied it.

A report stated that the man’s phone was checked and an outgoing message containing death threats was found on it.

“I request that my client’s phone be sent to the forensic lab again, where they should extract the blackmailing messages the woman sent him,” said his lawyer.

A verdict is expected on September 26.

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